Virtual Exhibitions

Overview

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Henry Dixon's London WHO WAS HENRY DIXON? He was not a pioneer of early photography like Henry Fox Talbot or the Frenchman, Louis Daguerre. His importance lies in the subject matter of his photographs - London in the 1860s, 70s and 80s - and the expertise he brought to them. More....
London's Railways Proposals for the first London railway line, linking London Bridge and Greenwich, were mooted in 1831 and the line was finally opened in 1835. Trains departed hourly. The fare was sixpence. Travellers enthused about the comfort and speed. More....
Children in painting Before the eighteenth century children appeared in paintings only in family portraits where they were usually depicted no differently from the adults (sympathetic early representations of children can be found in the portrait of the exiled Sir Edward Hales & his Family by Sir Peter Lely c1656.) More....
Victorian paintings This selection of pictures from the collection of Guildhall Art Gallery illustrates many of the more popular themes and subjects in Victorian painting. More....
Landscapes and seaviews Landscape painting emerged as a distinct genre within British art in the late seventeenth century. Its roots lay in the topographical townscapes and country house portraits which celebrated prosperity and a settled social order in the wake of the Restoration of the monarchy. More....
Tudor London In Tudor times the City was the centre of trade and commerce as well as the overcrowded home of thousands. Westminster housed both the king and parliament while Southwark was devoted to louche pleasures such as bear-baiting, prostitution and the theatre. More....
London and London life It has been the policy of Guildhall Art Gallery since World War II to focus its attention on acquiring paintings of London. In consequence its formerly small but choice collection of paintings has grown considerably. More....
The London that never was Discarded designs and rejected plans lurk like unhappy ghosts behind every important building in London. Our streets are lined with unfulfilled good intentions. Here is a selection of past ideas for improving our capital, plus one or two fantasies. More....
Hollar's London Wenceslaus (Václav) Hollar was born in Prague exactly 400 years ago. He was thus a contemporary of Rembrandt and Van Dyck. Hollar's prints of London have special significance for historians: it is largely from his work that we know what the city looked like in the mid-17th century. More....
LCC Tramways Posters London County Council Tramways posters first appeared in February 1922. The initial set of (black and white) posters were 12 in number and designed by students of the Central School of Arts and Crafts. 1923 saw the first colour posters, agains designed by students of the Central School. More....
LCC Photographs This exhibition aims to highlight an ambitious large-scale digitisation project currently taking place at London Metropolitan Archives that started in the summer of 2010. More....
London in Black and White The photographs on display in 'London in Black and White' are from London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) and range in date from the 1880s to the 1940s. More....
Sir John Gilbert Sir John Gilbert: Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age Guildhall Art Gallery, 29th April - 29th August 2011. More....
Spas and Wells The word spa and its variations spaw, spau and spawe, comes from the town of Spa in Belgium which was well known for its several springs. More....
Frozen London: 1683-1895 Scientists sometimes refer to the years between the 16th and early 19th century as the 'little Ice Age'. During the coldest spells, it was common for rivers, lakes and ponds to freeze over across London. The Thames, for instance, is thought to have frozen over as many as 16 times between 1683 and 1814, and in 1895 large ice floes developed causing major problems for traffic on the river. But how did this extreme cold affect the average Londoner, and how did it impact on daily life? More....