Art: New Pilot, New Course

When Lawyer David Edward Finley, now 65, became first director of Washington's National Gallery, the nation's No. 1 showplace was scheduled to open with a meager ratio of only 30 works to every acre of pink marble halls. But in 18 years of skillful piloting, Director Finley has steered into the National Gallery outstanding private collections owned by such millionaire art lovers as Samuel H. Kress, Chester Dale and Lessing J. Rosenwald, and has watched the collection swell to more than 1,200 paintings and 326 sculptures. Under Finley the gallery gained...