BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH

BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH

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BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH

– British Bank Puts Painter Turner on the New £20 bill

– Bank Removes Adam Smith and Replaces Image with J.M.W. Turner

– Other Denominations Will Feature New Historical Figures

BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH

BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH
Governor Carney Mark

The Bank of England, on Friday, announced the replacement of 18th century Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith with British Painter as the new face of £20 bill.

According to the bank’s governor Mark Carney, “Turner is arguably the single most influential British artist of all time.”

The artist died in 1851. He has since been best known for his landscape and seascape paintings. Widely, he is acknowledged as one of the pronounced masters, and is recognized for his extraordinary aptitude to use light and shade in conveying atmosphere.

His noteworthy quote: “Light is therefore color” will feature on the banknote. BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH

The bank had asked for suggestions last year. And Turner was one of the 590 characters nominated by the British citizens. The only limitation was that the person should be a visual artist.

BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH
Adam Smith

Turner got included in a five-strong shortlist selected by the bank. Others included were Charlie Chaplin, sculptor Barbara Hepworth, potter Josiah Wedgwood, and 17th century cartoonist William Hogarth. Then Carney made the final decision.

As expected, the new note is to show Turner’s self- painted portrait of 1799. His signature, as well as one of his most famous paintings, The Fighting Temeraire will feature.

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

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According to CNN, the new polymer note will be issued by 2020.

“The new £20 bill is one of a several new designs coming in the next 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 2017.”

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

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

BRITAIN PAINTS £20 WITH PAINTER TURNER, EVICTS ADAM SMITH