England unveils new £20 banknote with artist Turner’s image
Photo credit: ReutersThe Bank of England launched a new 20 pound banknote on Thursday with British painter J.M.W. Turner as the new face, replacing 18th Century economist Adam Smith.
Turner is famed for his expressive colourisations, depictions of coastal landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.
“Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals,” BoE Governor Mark Carney said at the launch of the banknote at the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, a coastal town in southeast England.
“The new 20 pound note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colorful, evocative glory.”
The BoE chose Turner, who died in 1851, from a shortlist of visual artists which included filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, sculptor Barbara Hepworth, painter William Hogarth and designer Josiah Wedgwood.
Turner joins Winston Churchill and Jane Austen as the subjects of Bank of England notes. A new 50 pound note with 20th Century computer scientist Alan Turing will be launched in 2021.