The Bank of England’s concept image for the new £20 note. Image: Bank of England The Bank of England’s concept image for the new £20 note.
Image: Bank of England

The redesigned note features a 1799 self-portrait of the artist, which can currently be seen at the Tate Britain, features alongside Turner's The Fighting Temeraire. Turner's signature from his will is also featured on the note.

JMW Turner’s self-portrait, age 24. Image: Tate Britian JMW Turner’s self-portrait, age 24.
Image: Tate Britain

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839, was Turner's homage to the HMS Temeraire which was a key instrument in Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

As well as The Fighting Temeraire, his portrait and signature, the quote: "light and therefore colour", which Turner said in a lecture given in 1818, will also feature on the note.

The Fighting Temeraire. 1839, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. Image: J. M. W. Turner - National Gallery of Art The Fighting Temeraire. 1839, by Joseph Mallord William Turner.
Image: J. M. W. Turner - National Gallery of Art

Turner was selected from 29 000 nominees from the public, which were listed down to 600 by the Bank of England. Alexander McQueen, Laura Ashley, William Morris and Alfred Hitchcock were amongst those nominated by the public. A shortlist of five was selected by the Bank of England: Charlie ChaplinBarbara HepworthJosiah Wedgewood, William Hogarth and, of course, JMW Turner

Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, commented: "Turner is perhaps the single most influential British artist of all time. His work was transformative, bridging the classical and modern worlds. His influence spanned his lifetime and is still apparent today. Turner bequeathed this painting to the nation, an example of his important contribution to British society."

The new £20 note will go into circulation in 2020.

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