Guildhall Art Gallery
Discover the art collection of the City of London Corporation and visit Guildhall Yard, a tranquil and historic square in the middle of the City. The Gallery was established in 1886 as, 'a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city'. See works dating from 1670 to the present, including seventeenth century portraits, Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.
Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre, in which crowds would once have gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats. Lost for centuries, the original circular walls were rediscovered by archaelogists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988.
Gallery, Archaeological site
Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day
Ceremonial events at Guildhall sometimes require the Gallery to close, for advanced notice phone the information line.
Special Exhibitions are ticketed
Free to under 16s, Art Fund, City residents and City workers
- Museums Association
Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
The collections are mainly comprised of British works of art. Included are fascinating views of London & London life from the 16th Century to the present day, & Victorian paintings & sculpture including well-known Pre-Raphaelite works. The Gallery also houses the extensive Studio Collection of 20th-century colourist Sir Matthew Smith. There is a programme of changing exhibitions. Items not on display may generally be viewed in store by appointment.
Archaeology, Fine Art
Key artists and exhibits
- The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782
- The Seige of Gibraltar
- La Ghirlandata
- The Eve of St Agnes
- The Woodman's Daughter
- My First Sermon
- My Second Sermon
- The Wounded Cavalier
- Sir John Gilbert
- Too Early
- The Last Evening
- Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
- Sir Matthew Smith
- Roman London's Amphitheatre
Magna Carta Women
- 2 — 22 September 2015 *on now
The Guildhall Art Gallery presents artist and illustrator Tracy Satchwill’s unique project Magna Carta Women.
Conceived in response to this year’s 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Magna Carta Women engages with some of the most significant social and political questions of our present and our past. Comprised of four panels in the narrative style of the traditional stained glass window, Magna Carta Women is a collage of notable people who have made a significant contribution to the furtherment of women’s rights and freedoms over the last 800 years.
Combining original photography with illustration, print and found objects, Satchwill’s work highlights the definitive role played by 50 remarkable men and women, including 12th century Medieval poet Marie de France
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman physician
politician Nancy Astor, who was the first woman to sit in the House of Commons
Helena Normanton, the first woman barrister at High Court
Dorothy Hodgkin, sole winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
John Stuart Mill, whose book The Subjection of Women compared the then legal status of women to the status of slaves
Laurence Housman, who founded the Men's League for Women's Suffrage, and writer Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project.
Guildhall Art Gallery
City of London
(020) 7332 3700
(020) 7332 3342