Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Look at William Blake's designs for what would have been the world's first banknotes featuring the heads of famous poets. Just look at them.
Sadly, the Bank of England took offense and reneged on the deal when Blake's caricature of "Bankster as Blood-sucking Parasite" came to their attention. The aesthetic development of banknotes was thereby set back until 1970.
There is a tradition of each country's National Mint commissioning portraiture for their currency from the best artists of the day, but we do not inhabit the right alternative universe to benefit from it. NO WAIT.