Thursday, 21 May 2015

New £20 note? Surely Hogarth is the safe bet

If it has to be an artist, and a dead artist, I am happy to go with Hogarth. For a start he had a clear voice and a message to speak. Secondly, his morality resonates today when bling, greed and ambition are still the ruin of young men. Thirdly, he's classless - unlike some sycophantic knight of a court painter. Anyone today from any background can identify the types limned in Hogarth's savage caricatures. And finally, the NG's portrait (left) is timeless and would engrave well. 

Sorry, no polemic on those noisome crooks of banksters - £50bn in fines and not one yet jailed. It's too much to satirise.

16 comments:

Michael said...

I'd like to consider Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

There's always the great feeling of joy when 'The Lark ascending' fills the air!

Weekend Yachtsman said...

If we're including musicians, Henry Purcell.

Anonymous said...

No, it's to be visual arts.

And we may be fairly sure they would prefer a representative of the distaff side, which leaves us with, hmmmmm ...

Tracey Emin? She'd have to be dead, of course ...

Raedwald said...

Ethel Vaj (1876 - 1931) self taught naif painter originally from Pontefract, painted pet dogs wearing satin bows. Famous for a nude portrait of the Lady Mayoress of Hartlepool whose pudenda was adorned with a pink ribbon inscribed 'Votes for Women'. (Guardian Alternative DNB)

hatfield girl said...

Blake. Or have we had him already?

Glorious, allusive, angelic Blake.

G. Tingey said...

If female artist, then surely Julia Margaret Cameron?
Otherwise, I support R's suggestion of Hogarth.

Plantman said...

I favour the Tracy Emin suggestion - provided she meets the criteria of course.

Anonymous said...

It's not Tracey's fault, blame 'society' for, in this malformed necrobiotic obese monster, a body manifest as materialistic Sodom, Emin is heralded for reasons unbeknownst to me.
Ere not long ago, she'd be an unrecognized pauper with a profile as befits a Margate Whelk.

Demetrius said...

Elisabeth Vigee Le-Brun, phwoar.

Dave_G said...

Harriet Harman - to match the worthlessness and potential toilet-paper value our currency is soon to become.

Anonymous said...

Ethel Vaj? Blimey, us Cockneys pronounce it F-all Vaj ... and that sounds more like a bloke!

rick hamilton said...

Does it have to be a painter?

How about Barbara Hepworth, sculptor, died 1975 ?

Cascadian said...

Well done Dave G, hopefully it is printed on nice soft absorbent paper and issued on cardboard rolls.

Raedwald said...

I like Barbara Hepworth and William Blake ... excellent suggestions

And Tracey was always good value in booze and banter terms from what I remember of the old Colony Room and quite a shrewd businesswoman who knows exactly which art establishment buttons to press..

DeeDee99 said...

If we're nominating composers, I propose George Butterworth. His "Banks of Green Willow" is sublime ... and he died fighting for his country in the Great War.

Poets: Kipling.

Billy Marlene said...

Barbara Hepworth - dead?

She was in the Kabin with Norris on Wednesday. Hmmm, come to think of it, she didn't look too alive.