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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.
Please note that from 16 July to 30 September inclusive the Curatorial team will not be able to answer any enquiries by email or telephone, offer any research visit appointments, or undertake identifications. This is due to preparatory work on the new Museum of London project. We apologise for any inconvenience.