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One of Stephen's teachers took a particular interest in him, who later accompanied his young student on drawing excursions and entered his work in children's art competitions, many of which garnered Stephen awards.

The local press became increasingly suspicious as to how a young child could produce such masterful drawings.

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In February 1987 Stephen appeared in The Foolish Wise Ones.

(The show also featured savants with musical and mathematical talents.) During his segment Hugh Casson, a former president of London's Royal Academy of Arts, referred to him as "possibly the best child artist in Britain." Casson introduced Stephen to Margaret Hewson, a literary agent who helped Stephen field incoming book deals and soon became a trusted mentor.

Two months later he drew a similarly detailed picture of Rome, including the Vatican and St. In December, after a 20-minute helicopter ride, Stephen spent a week creating a 10-meter-long drawing of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour and the surrounding urban scene.

(He dedicated the work as a Christmas present to the city's residents.) Later on he added Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London to his collection.

In late 2003 the Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, England, held the first major retrospective of Wiltshire's works, spanning a period of 20 years; more than 40,000 visitors attended the exhibit, shattering the gallery's attendance records.

Stephen took on his largest project to date in May 2005, when he returned to Tokyo to make a panoramic drawing - the largest of his career - of the city.

It soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings.

These drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line, and reveal a natural innate artistry.

In 1992 Stephen accepted the invitation of a Tokyo-based television company to tour Japan and make drawings of various landmark structures, including the Tokyo metropolitan government building, in Shinjuku, and the Ginza shopping district.

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