Banksy's 'Balloon Girl' beats paintings by Constable and Turner to be named Britain's favourite artwork

Album covers for the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Sex Pistols also feature among top 20

Katie Archer
Thursday 24 August 2017 11:19 BST
The mural ‘Balloon Girl’, originally stencilled on an east London shop
The mural ‘Balloon Girl’, originally stencilled on an east London shop (Rex)

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Graffiti artist Banksy has beaten the likes of Turner and Constable in a poll of the nation’s favourite artwork.

His famous 2002 daubing on the wall of a Shoreditch shop, Balloon Girl, came top of a list of British art preferred by 2,000 people who were given a shortlist drawn up by arts editors and writers to choose from.

Second place went to John Constable’s 1821 Romantic landscape The Hay Wain while third spot was taken by Jack Vettriano’s 1992 painting The Singing Butler.

What are the nation's favourite British artworks?

JMW Turner’s 1839 work The Fighting Temeraire, also from the Romantic era, and Antony Gormley’s 1998 sculpture The Angel Of The North completed the top five of a total of 20 beloved artworks.

The poll was carried out to mark the launch of a new Samsung TV, The Frame, which carries more than 100 pre-loaded artworks for users to choose from, making it into a piece of art when not being used as a television.

The full list of the nation’s favourite works by British artists according to The Frame National Art Audit is as follows:

  1. Banksy; Balloon Girl
  2. John Constable; The Hay Wain
  3. Jack Vettriano; The Singing Butler
  4. JMW Turner; The Fighting Temeraire
  5. Antony Gormley; The Angel of the North
  6. L S Lowry; Going to the Match
  7. John William Waterhouse; The Lady of Shalott
  8. Peter Blake (and others, including Jann Haworth); Sgt Pepper album cover
  9. Hipgnosis and George Hardie; Dark Side of the Moon album cover
  10. George Stubbs; Mares and Foals
  11. Thomas Gainsborough; Mr and Mrs Andrews
  12.  John Everett Millais; Ophelia
  13. Andy Goldsworthy; Balanced Rock Misty
  14. David Hockney; A Bigger Splash
  15. Bridget Riley; Movement in Squares
  16. Anish Kapoor; ArcelorMittal Orbit
  17. Stik; A Couple Hold Hands in the Street
  18. Maggi Hambling; Scallop
  19. Henry Moore; Reclining Figure
  20. Jamie Reid; Never Mind the Bollocks album cover

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