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The Museum of London holds works by major artists, as well as a wealth of images that reveal the topographical, social and artistic life of London from the 16th century to the present.
These works include those by Wenceslaus Hollar, Paul Sandby, John Collet, Samuel Scott, Canaletto, William Marlow, Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, John O’Connor, David Roberts, William Powell Frith, George Elgar Hicks, Walter Greaves.
This part of the collection includes the earliest oil paintings of the City – London from Southwark (c.1630), Robert Barker’s London from the roof of the Albion Mills (1792) and the Rhinebeck
Celebrations, disasters, riots and incidents from London’s history, features an important group of views of the Great Fire of London and a significant collection of world war II images, including works by David Bomberg, John Piper, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Rose Henriques and Joseph Bato.
This group has 18th century satirical prints and an important collection of watercolours by Thomas Rowlandson and Robert Dighton.
Our portraits include images of significant London figures from Oliver Cromwell to Sylvia Pankhurst.
Our more modern images include those by Camden Town artists Spencer Gore and Charles Ginner, paintings by CRW. Nevinson, recent work by Jock McFadyen, Mark Cazalet, Oliver Bevan, David Hepher, Adam Dant, and an archive of drawings and notebooks by the illustrator Grace Golden.
For more information on researching the collections visit our access and enquiries page.
Following the recent advice from the government and Public Health England surrounding COVID-19, the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands will be closed to the public as of Thursday 19 March.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community are of utmost importance to us and this decision is in response to increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
We will continue to closely review the advice from Public Health England and monitor the current situation of COVID-19 to keep people up to date on our plans.
Please check www.museumoflondon.org.uk for updates from the museum.