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Stephen Wiltshire Artistic Savant known as the "Living Camera"... You must See This for Yourself!

Updated on June 14, 2014

Artistic ability stemming from Autism

This is another in a short series of Savant Videos I’ve been creating hubs around. My personal fascination leads me towards topics that push the boundaries of human knowledge and exploration. Quantum Physics, Savant Syndrome, Astronomy, are all subjects I gravitate towards.

Stephen Wiltshire is an Artistic Savant… he draws in astounding detail entire cityscapes from a single viewing. His drawings are done entirely from memory. There must be something in the water in the UK as many of the worlds few Savants seem to arise in the United Kingdom. Two individual Savants from previous hubs Derek Paravicini and Daniel Tammet are also from the United Kingdom and more specifically London.

Stephen was born in London, England on April 24, 1974 to West Indian Parents. At age 3 he was diagnosed as autistic. He was mute and did not relate to other human beings. At age 5 Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London, where he began to draw first animals, then buses, then buildings.

At age 8 Stephen began drawing cityscapes of London and classic American cars and it was at this time he began to learn to speak by asking for art supplies. Supposedly his first word was “paper”. You can learn more at his website Stephen Wiltshire.

Stephen draws freehand in near perfect proportions. From the exact number of windows and columns on buildings to roads and pathways all the details drawn to scale from the perspective of view he sees once and stores in his memory.

Stephen has drawn landscapes of:

  • Tokyo
  • Rome
  • Hong Kong
  • Frankfurt
  • Madrid
  • Dubai
  • Jerusalem
  • London
  • New York

Please enjoy the work of this amazing talent.

Note: I am only posting videos please visit his site linked above for more information and to view his work.

Savant Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen at work drawing entirely from memory.
Stephen at work drawing entirely from memory.

Stephen Wiltshire Draws Rome to Scale from Memory

Stephen Wiltshire Draws the Tokyo Landscape

Stephen Wiltshire Draws Hong Kong from Memory

Stephen Wiltshire Draws New York – CBS Interview


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    Carolyn Blacknall 

    9 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Stephen Wiltshire is amazing! This is a great hub series. You have done a great job introducing us to these people.


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