An exhibition of 140 paintings drawn from some 66 museums and private owners in the UK. The exhibition provided a general survey of British painting of the past, though it concentrated chiefly on the great masters: Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. It also attempted to give some idea of the diversity of styles in use in the UK in the later 1950s. It was the largest and most important exhibition of British art which had been sent overseas since the end of the war in 1945.

A catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition, Russian only, no ISBN number.