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Autistic artist draws London's skyline from memory

Stephen Wiltshire has drawn the city of London from the roof of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust hospital

Last Friday (15 October) the London-based artist, who can draw any landscape after seeing it just once, completed the detailed drawing from memory having been on the rooftop a few days before.

The work features many of London’s most iconic architectural works including Renzo Piano’s half-built Shard building at London Bridge in the foreground.

Once finished in 2012, the 310m-tall building will become the tallest in Western Europe.

Wiltshire, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, is best known for his views of the world’s most iconic cities – New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Dubai and Jerusalem. 

Hailed as ‘the best child artist in Britain’, now his talent lies in drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, after observing them only briefly.

The drawing were on display in Hays Galleria for the Big Draw’s Festival last Thursday and Friday (22 and 23 October).

London’s Mayor Boris Johnson launched the event, which showcased views of London’s distinctive skyline drawn by architects, artists, archaeologists and cartoonists.

Work from Wiltshire’s entire career is permanently on display, alongside new paintings and prints, at the Stephen Wiltshire Gallery in London. He also has a studio at 5 Royal Opera Arcade, London, SW1Y 4UY.

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