In this book James White ( director of the national Gallery) traces the history of the gallery from its inception up to 1968, he also provides full commentaries on the colour plates. The plates themselves show a wide range of the gallery's varied riches; paintings by Mantegna, Fra Angelico, and the great Venetian masters; Poussin, Claude, Chardin, Delacroix and Monet,; El Greco and Goya; Rubens and Jordaens; Rembrandt and Hals; Gainsborough and Hogarth; as well as drawings, miniatures and sculpture. There are 223 plates with 32 in colour.
First edition published by Thames & Hudson, London, in 1969. 224 pages in cloth covered boards with dust jacket.
Moderate even page tanning , all plates present, section in colour shows a high reproduction quality as you would expect from Thames & Hudson.