English Painting: A Concise History (World of Art) by William Gaunt
Though English painting has always been susceptible to influence coming from abroad, it has retained an individual character of its own down to the present day. The characteristically lucid text of the late William Gaunt ranges from England's position in the Middle Ages to the influence of Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and abstract art, seen as a prelude to a flourishing modern period. 222 illus., 41 in color.
"A highly informative though concise history which is illuminated both by a sensitive critical approach and a vast...knowledge of the historical background." --Arts Review
"A lucid guide, whose judgements, as profound as they are simple, serve to illuminate the essential qualities of any painter he discusses...packs an extraordinary amount of information and illustration into the available space." --The Connoisseur