Stephen Wiltshire Memory Drawings

British artist Stephen Wiltshire has drawn the Manhattan skyline from memory. On Monday October 26th 2006 Wiltshire began filling in an 18 foot canvas at the Pratt institute, Brooklyn and completed it some days later.

Wiltshire, diagnosed with autism at the age of three displays an unusually powerful photographic memory that he has applied to rendering cityscapes. He can look at the subject of his drawing once and reproduce it accurately with photographic detail, down to the exact number of columns or windows on a building. He memorizes their shapes, locations and the architecture.

Having completed cityscapes of some of the world’s most iconic cities – London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Dubai, and Jerusalem, the New York panorama marks Wiltshire’s last cityscape as he is now pursuing drawing individual buildings.

Stephen Wiltshire’s Official Site

New York Panorama


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