JMW Turner £20 note

Concept Art
Concept Art

Congratulations to JMW Turner for being the face of British visual arts on the new £20 note. The list of nominations was incredibly extensive including over 29,000 visual artists. The short list of five were Turner, filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, sculptor Barbara Hepworth, painter William Hogarth, and designer Josiah Wedgwood. The new note should go into circulation in 2020. (I can hear Ruskin’s cheers from here!)

If you have seen the film Mr. Turner you might have noticed some familiar paintings. In one of the final scenes he is at the 1851 Royal Academy Exhibition and grunts at Millais’s Woodman’s Daughter and Mariana and Brown’s Chaucer at the Court of Edward III.

Also in the extras of the DVD there is a sequence filmed at Wentworth Woodhouse where the cast are rehearsing a scene to represent a Royal Academy Exhibition at Somerset House. Timothy Spall is shown in front of Turner paintings and to his left is James Collinson’s Mother and Child by a Stile – Isle of Wight. This was painted in 1849 when Collinson and William Michael Rossetti spent the summer at the Isle of Wight. It is his most Pre-Raphaelite landscape.

Mr. Turner
Mr. Turner
Mother and Child by a Stile
Mother and Child by a Stile


For those lucky enough to be living close or traveling near, here are a couple of Pre-Raphaelite exhibitions still on show:


Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection is on show at the Leighton House Museum from 12 February – 29 May 2016


Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ is at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool until June 5 (

Cover Art – Photo Stock

I admit that I love photo stock. Book cover designers do too. Perhaps too much. This lady’s back has inspired a record number of covers.








This group didn’t do anything to alter the photo except to flip it. “Ivy” is about a fictitious Pre-Raphaelite artist and his red-headed model.





Here I can only cringe along with the book publishers.







And finally there are some designs you shouldn’t attempt to recreate. Case in point: “Look Who’s Back” which has won design awards. You can tell exactly who it is at 100 paces. Not one to mess with.

Pre-Raphaelite Cover Art









For book cover designers Pre-Raphaelite paintings are a popular option for classic literature and historical fiction. These examples have nothing to do with the Pre-Raphaelites or their circle but are certainly eye catching. Rossetti gets the lion’s share of covers but Hunt does have this image on pita chips that are quite tasty!pitachips