It has just been announced that Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon could be the new face of the UK’s £20 note.
The Bank of England accepted 29,701 suggestions from the public in recent months to decide the new face of its new £20 note with the closing date being July 19.
Francis Bacon, who was born on Lower Baggot Street, has made the long-list alongside such notable figures as Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Attenborough and Stanley Kubrick.
However, when we say long-list we really mean long-list, comprised of 592 visual artists who have “helped to shape British thought, innovation, leadership, values and society.”
With all these other iconic figures jockeying for that coveted spot, it seems unlikely that Francis will win out. However, we still hope he wins because people will inevitably start referring to £20 notes as Bacons.