Britain puts painter Turner on the new £20 bill

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 11:04 PM

Here comes J. M. W. Turner. The British painter will replace the eighteenth cent philosopher as the new face of the £20 bill, the Bank of England announced Friday.

Britain puts painter Turner on the new £20 bill

Move over Adam Smith. Here comes J. M. W. Turner.

The British painter will replace the eighteenth cent philosopher as the new face of the £20 bill, the Bank of England announced Friday.

"Turner is arguably the single most influential British artist of all time," said Label Carney, the bank'south governor.

The artist, who died in one thousand eight hundred fifty-first, is best known for his landscape and seascape paintings. He's widely recognized as one of the grand masters, and is known for his remarkable skill to convey atmosphere using light and shade.

His well-known quote "Light is therefore color" will feature on the banknote.

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Turner was one of five hundred ninety characters nominated by the British public, after the bank asked for suggestions latest year. The only restriction was that the person should be a visual artist.

Turner is most known for his landscape paintings.

A five-strong shortlist selected by the bank included Turner, Charlie Chaplin, sculptor Barbara Hepworth, potter Josiah Wedgwood, and seventeenth cent cartoonist William Hogarth. Carney then made the final decision.

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The new note will indicate Turner'south self-portrait, painted around one thousand seven hundred ninety-nine, his signature, as well as one of his most well-known paintings, The Fighting Temeraire.

"Turner bequeathed this painting to the nation, an example of his necessary contribution to British society," Carney said. Turner left most of his works to the nation.

The new polymer note will be issued by two thousand twenty.

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The new £20 bill is one of a several new designs coming in the following few years.

A new £5 note featuring Winston Churchill will be issued later this year, with a £10 note depicting Jane Austen entering circulation in two thousand-seventeenth.

Churchill is replacing campaigner Elizabeth Fry, while Austen will replace Charles Darwin.

The historical figures feature on the rear of the banknotes, with the front reserved for the Queen.

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