In 2019 Dulwich College will celebrate its 400th anniversary. To mark this milestone the College has created a lecture series, each reflecting an aspect of the College’s life and history. The series has been named after one of the College’s most influential Old Alleynians. This is the eighth lecture in the series and will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017, 6.30-9pm, Dulwich College.

In Conversation:
Dr Gabriele Finaldi OA and Director of the National Gallery with Dr Xavier Bray, former Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery and now Director of The Wallace Collection. The evening will be chaired by Jennifer Scott, the new Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary of opening to the public.

Dr Gabriele Finaldi left Dulwich College in 1984. He studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute. After working at the National Gallery, 1992-2002, he was appointed Deputy Director for Collections and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. He became Director of the National Gallery in 2015.

Dr Xavier Bray became Director of the Wallace Collection in November 2016. Dr Bray began his career as Assistant Curator at the National Gallery, before becoming Chief Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao. He was Melosi Chief Curator in 2011 at Dulwich Picture Gallery from 2011 to 2016.

Jennifer Scott was appointed Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery in April. She was previously Director of The Holburne Museum, Bath, 2014-17, and Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection Trust, 2004-2014.

  • 4–6.30pm Private view GCSE Art Exhibition in the Art Department
  • 6.30–7pm Drinks reception in the James Caird Hall
  • 7–8.30pm Lecture in the George Farha Auditorium

Tickets £10, available from