We used our new character selection process for the first time to decide on a new character for the new £20 note.
The new £20 will include the following features:
- JMW Turner’s self-portrait, painted circa 1799 and currently on display at Tate Britain.
- One of Turner’s most famous paintings, The Fighting Temeraire. This was a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire, which played a distinguished role in Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
- The quote ‘Light is therefore colour’, a reference to his innovative use of light, shade, colour and tone from a lecture Turner gave in 1818.
- Turner’s signature from his Will, in which he left many of his paintings to the nation.