This publication was written by art historian and critic Edward Lucie-Smith, and Chief curator of the National Portrait Gallery 1994 - 2001 Robin Gibson, with photography by Adrian Flowers, a distinguished advertising and editorial photographer. The book also features a foreword by Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, and an introduction by Robert Heller.
Glenys Barton's supreme art as a sculptor in ceramics has been celebrated ever since she left the Royal College of Art. From her subsequent spell as artist-in-residence at Wedgewood, she proceeded to contemplative exploration of the human spirit in the tranquil timeless heads and more specific portraits of artist friends, patrons and family. Her portrait commissions have included Jean Muir and Glenda Jackson. This book was published to coincide with exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, Flowers Gallery and Stoke on Trent City Museum and Art Gallery. This comprehensive survey of the sculptor's life and art encompasses the beauty and serenity of Barton's work.