Monday, May 25, 2015

I've nominated Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the £20 note

Pinks by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
This is my nomination for the visual artist to appear on the £20 note.  Have you done yours yet?
Glasgow School of Art.
Architect: Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is an artist whose work spanned the visual arts. He was also a real original! He was hugely creative in the early part of the 20th century as both an architect and a designer – of furniture, metalwork and graphic art. He also drew and painted wonderful watercolours.

Finally the appreciation of this man crosses borders within the UK and beyond. Importantly, he had a notable influence on others in Europe. He also enjoys global recognition for his buildings and designs. He is truly a man valued by others.
I wrote about this last week in Celebrate a visual artist on the next £20 note

Nomination Form

This is the nomination form - which needs to be completed by 19 July 2015.​

You have 100 words to say why your visual artist should be the one to appear on the £20 note.
Visual artists include architects, artists, ceramicists, craftspeople, designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, photographers, printmakers and sculptors.

The Bank will not feature fictional or living characters, with the exception of the Monarch, who appears on the front of our notes.
Unless you nominate your favourite person may not be considered.
  • The shortlist will be drawn up by the Advisory Committee from the names of individuals nominated by members of the public.
  • The governor will make the final choice from this shortlist 
  • Who's going to be on the next £20 will be announced in Spring 2016.
At the end you can see who others think it will be. But first a bit of a wallow in Mackintosh.

Visual Arts by Charles Rennie Macintosh

This is House for an Art Lover which has a fascinating history - starting with Mackintosh being technically disqualified from the art competition that he entered with the design for the house.

A window at Hill House - designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
This is the Willow Tea Rooms at 217 Sauchiehall Street - and a design for the tables and chairs

Design for tables and chair with high back, for the Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, 1903.
Pencil and watercolour on wove paper, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Fort (c.1923-4)
pencil and watercolour on paper mounted on board
watercolour painting by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Note: All images from Wikimedia Commons

More articles about the £20 Note

I think by now you will have begun to appreciate that there are some very partial opinions out there and doubtless there will be some pretty heavy duty lobbying on behalf of different interest groups!

1 comment:

  1. Great choice.

    I would argue that Axel Herman Haig should get the spot. You couldn't get more British than him, except that he was Swedish


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