Polymer £20 note

The artist JMW Turner will appear on the next £20 note, which will be issued in 2020. It will be our first £20 note to be printed on polymer.

We used our new character selection process for the first time to decide on a new character for the new £20 note. 

Design features

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.
Concept image of the polymer twenty pound note

New £20 note concept image

This page was last updated 14 December 2018
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