Turner’s £20: new note unveiled to celebrate Margate artist

A new £20 note celebrating the work of Margate artist JMW Turner has been unveiled.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carmel revealed the design at the Turner Contemporary.

The note not only features a self-portrait of Turner from 1799 but also a signature from his will, and one of Turner’s most famous paintings The Fighting Temeraire - in tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire.

There’s also a nod to the Turner Contemporary and Margate Lighthouse.

The note will be like the polymer £10 note, with increased security features to protect against counterfeiting.

Credit: Bank of England

Commenting on the new note, the Governor said: “Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals. And so it is with the new £20 banknote, featuring JMW Turner, launched today at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Turner’s contribution to art extends well beyond his favourite stretch of shoreline. Turner’s painting was transformative, his influence spanned lifetimes, and his legacy endures today. The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.”

It will go into circulation on the 20th February next year.