Readers may have heard that the Bank of England is currently seeking nominations for the next person of significance to appear on the £20 note.
Plans are in place for the next £20 note to celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts and the rather lovely Mrs Middleton’s Shop in Freshwater (go visit if you haven’t already) is spearheading an Island-related campaign.
Who and why
Mrs Middleton is hoping to encourage Islanders and visitors to vote for the celebrated Victoria photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron (Dimbola Museum and Galleries).
As a pioneering woman photographer, and, as Mrs Middleton says, “arguably the first in her game at the close-up”, we’re sure you’ll agree that JMC would be a magnificent addition.
Mrs Middleton told OnTheWight,
“It would be great to bring her relevance to the fore on the British Isles, her importance in our heritage seems more widely known in the USA (where the Getty Museum bought so much of her work) and in Canada.
“Her photographs are currently steadily rising at auction price, and it’s such a good time with the advances currently in photographic technology to bring her relevance to our own audience shores.”
Vote for Julia
We love this fun mock-up of a ‘Freshwater Circle’ £20 note that Mrs Middleton has shared.
If you agree that Julia Margaret Cameron should be the face of the next £20 note all you have to do is pop over to the Bank of England Website and enter your nomination.
Please make your nominations by 19 July 2015.