Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I don't usually talk about money, but...

You probably thought I was going to talk about American money! Nope. I think everybody else has that covered. I was excited to read about the Bank of England's new £20 note featuring artist JMW Turner. You can read about it at ArtNetNews.

The banknote featuring JMW Turner.
Photo: © The Governor and Company of the Bank of England.

“Brilliantly, it is an official acknowledgment of the immense historical value of the visual arts to the UK. But it is also a stark reminder that we must place increasing value on our future as a nation of creative minds. We must invest to support the next great artists and innovators."
~Victoria Pomery, director of Turner Contemporary

Yes to investing in creative minds! Here's a bit of birthday trivia about JMW Turner from About Art History:

There is no record of Turner's actual date of birth, which was sometime between late April and early May of 1775. The artist himself chose April 23 as the best candidate, possibly because it is also St. George's Day (patron saint of England, among many other places and organizations) and the birthday of William Shakespeare.

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Linda B said...

It is such a different look at "things" than here in America, isn't it? Great to see someone remembered for creativity!

HWY said...

Cheers to England for celebrating the arts!