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Paintings, prints and drawings

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.

London's architecture and street life

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.

Prospects and panoramas

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
Panorama (c.1806).

Significant events

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.

Satirical prints and drawings

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.

20th century and contemporary art

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.

Access and enquiries

For more information on researching the collections visit our access and enquiries page.