Frances Smyth-Ravenel, 59, editor in chief at the National Gallery of Art who oversaw publication of more than 110 exhibition catalogues, died of breast cancer Aug. 18 at home in Washington.

Mrs. Smyth-Ravenel had been on the staff of the National Gallery since 1970.

Her work included the award-winning, 680-page catalogue "The Treasure Houses of Britain: Five Hundred Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting."

Her office also produced volumes in the systematic catalogue of the gallery's permanent collections, scholarly journals, brochures and other publications.

Born in Cambridge, England, Mrs. Smyth-Ravenel came to the United States as an infant and grew up in New England. She graduated from Vassar College in 1962, came to Washington and joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, where she remained until moving to the National Gallery of Art.

In 1989, her office received the Presidential Design Award for "Piranesi: The Early Architectural Fantasies" and "American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection."

In 1983 and 1984, she was co-chair of the American Association of Museums' publications committee. She was a board member of the Washington chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1988.

Her husband, Gaillard Ravenel, the chief of design at the National Gallery of Art, died in 1996.

Survivors include a sister.