The millions of images of the capital in the collections at London Metropolitan Archives are testament to the allure of London as a subject for artists - its buildings, traditions and its people.
London : Portrait of a City delves into archives to explore the formats chosen by artists and surveyors since the eleventh century to create their representations of the capital. From simple wax seals to intricate engravings; elegant watercolours to digital prints, the exhibition reveals the visual history of one of the great cities of the world.
The images displayed are just a small selection of the millions of photographs, prints and drawings of London waiting to be discovered in our collections. Whether you’re inspired to create your own artwork, or you’d just like to see more, our Mediatheque is a great place to delve further into the visual history of the capital.