The Bank of England releases shortlist for the new £20 note
Alfred Hitchcock, Alexander McQueen and more
The quest to crown the new £20 note with an iconic face continues, as the Bank of England publishes its shortlist of famous names being considered for the honour. 29,701 names were submitted for the consideration of the British public and this has now been whittled down to just 592.
Some of the most famous names on the list include fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Thomas Burberry, artists Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, fashion photographers Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson and film icons Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick.
"I am delighted with the number of nominations we have received, and appreciative of the public's engagement in this new initiative," chief cashier at the Bank of England Victoria Cleland said. "The fact that so many visual artists have been put forward underlines the extent of British achievement in the visual arts and reinforces why this field deserves to be recognised on the next £20 note."
The named winner will be revealed in early 2016 and their image will then appear on the new £20 note set to go into circulation in the next three to five years. Discover the full shortlist here.