British Artist Who Has Autism Draws Entire Cities From Memory


(TIML NEWS) Stephen Wiltshire isn’t your average artist ― he can draw cityscapes entirely from memory.

Wiltshire, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, would sketch images of the wilderness and caricatures of his teachers as a young boy. After one teacher began to take notice of his capabilities, she entered his work in art competitions, which garnered him local recognition. At just 8 years old, he was commissioned by the British prime minister to draw the Salisbury Cathedral, according to a profile by National Geographic last week.


The London-based artist has since been recognized by neurologist Oliver Sacks ― whose entire home Wiltshire was able to draw after a quick visit ― and Prince Charles, who honored Wiltshire with the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire.

But the elite aren’t the only ones 58ed32a51600002000657ea1[1].jpgwho have been following Wiltshire’s work.