Peter Funnell ©

Victoria Miller

The educational programme opens with a lecture, which allows us to learn first-hand information about the work of the National Portrait Gallery. Peter Funnell, the senior curator of the gallery, talks about its origins, how the gallery acquired its art collection and the image of the institution at the present time. Surprisingly, the criteria for deciding which works enter the National Portrait Gallery's collection has not changed since its foundation in 1856. Peter also gives a detailed description of the most prominent portraits which are displayed at the exhibition.

The lecture took place on 22 April 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as part of the lecture programme "400 years of British history in portraits".


Peter Funnell studied English and the History of Arts at University College London and took a doctorate in the History of Art at Oxford University. For more than 20 years he has been working at the National Portrait Gallery, currently is Head of Research and Senior Curator of Nineteenth-Century Portraits as well as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2011.

Peter has been working on the upcoming exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery and is a co-author of the exhibition catalogue.