Progression: Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. He has a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. From November 6-11, The Phillips Collection, in partnership with the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC, welcomed him into our galleries to draw a detailed cityscape of Doha, Qatar, entirely from photographic memory. Over the course of that week, Wiltshire dazzled guests as he detailed a to-scale drawing before their eyes. Take a look at how his work progressed.

Stephen Wiltshire's canvas, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire's canvas, photographed by Victor Pierre

Stephen Wiltshire's canvas, photographed by Victor Pierre

Doha, Qatar Cityscape drawn from memory by Stephen Wiltshire, photographed by Victor Pierre

Doha, Qatar, Cityscape drawn from memory by Stephen Wiltshire. Photos: Victor Pierre

Intern Spotlight: Erika Dedenbach

In this series, we profile our interns. Phillips interns are an integral part of the museum and work that we do in several different departments: curatorial, education, music, communications and marketing, and more. Our incredible interns also help with our Sunday Concerts, Phillips after 5, and other special events. This semester welcomed our first group of paid interns, part of our institutional values and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

Erika Dedenbach, photographed by Kabrea Hayman in front of Kate Shepherd's "Red Rabbit", 2010; Oil and enamel on panel; 90 in x 50 in; Gift of the artist and Galerie Lelong & CO, NYC

Erika Dedenbach, photographed by Kabrea Hayman in front of Kate Shepherd, Red Rabbit, 2010, Oil and enamel on panel, 90 x 50 in. The Phillips Collection, Gift of the artist and Galerie Lelong & CO, NYC

Which department are you interning for? Registrar

What is your internship project? I am currently accessioning pieces from the Corcoran Gallery of Art into our permanent collection. I am also updating our collections copyright permission records database.

What do you do when you’re not at the Phillips? Read, create, and visit museums with my adorable nephew around DC!

What is your favorite space/painting here? Measures and Signs (Misure e Segni) by Bice Lazzari

If you were to describe the Phillips in one word, what would that word be? Intricate.

What is a fun fact about you? I lived in Belgium for quite some time after graduation.

Why did you want to intern at a museum? Art means everything to me.

Anything else you’d like to share? I am grateful for my experience here at The Phillips Collection and looking forward to what the future holds.