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Celebrating extraordinary artists who paint London on a huge scale.

'The Big City: London painted on a grand scale' is the new exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery opening on 10 February. The display celebrates monumental painters of the capital and showcases some of the largest paintings in the Gallery’s collection.

Guildhall Art Gallery is home to one of the most extensive collections of London paintings in the world and hosts one of the largest oil paintings on display in the UK - John Singleton Copley’s 'Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar' (1783–1791), measuring 7.5 x 5.4 metres.

This awe-inspiring exhibition includes many pieces not normally on public display, including  rarely-seen works by Frank O. Salisbury, Terence Cuneo and David Hepher.

A unique opportunity to view so many of these huge masterpieces together in one space.


We are asking visitors to Pay What You Can to visit 'The Big City'. You can pay as much or as little as you like for your ticket or visit for free.

Income from this exhibition will help us to put on new public exhibitions and support our education and conservation programmes.

Guided tours

Please check back nearer the opening of the exhibition for information about guided tours of The Big City. Kindly note that these tours will require a separate ticket, available from the Gallery online shop.

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The Big City letters over a cream background, displaying a painting behind each letter of the word City and a human figure standing and looking at them