I’m a bit disappointed in the National Portrait Gallery this morning, having received an email from them with the subject “Gardens and other reasons to celebrate” with second story being about an event there in ten days time called “Oh happy day”.
It arrived less than 24 hours after we learnt of the death of their founding director, the visionary Andrew Sayers, and should have been rescheduled and rewritten accordingly.
A newsletter from the Gallery containing their official statement on the passing of the man who ran their institution for 11 years would be much more appropriate today.
I’m a huge fan of the Portrait Gallery and sympathise with the staff involved in sending the newsletter. They are no doubt as distraught as anyone who worked with or was acquainted with Sayers and perhaps not thinking as clearly as they could be as a result.
But sending a message with such a celebratory tone was just plain wrong today and ran the risk of upsetting friends and family members of the man who made the gallery the national institution it is today.