JMW Turner to appear on new £20 banknote

Turner banknote
Mock-up of the Turner £20 note. Photo: Bank of England
Photo: Bank of England

Painter Joseph Mallord William Turner will be the face of the UK's new £20 note, the Bank of England (BoE) revealed today (April 22).

Turner was chosen from a list of 590 "visual artists" – from painters to potters to filmmakers – nominated by the British public. The final decision fell to governor Mark Carney, who chose from a shortlist put together by an "advisory committee" of BoE officials and representatives from the art world.

The BoE introduced the new process for choosing banknotes in

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