Banksy beats John Constable as creator of UK’s favourite artwork

26 July 2017
Reading Time
1 minute read


Move over John Constable: the nation’s “best-loved” piece of art is now by er, Banksy.

John Constable’s The Hay Wain, which depicts a serene-looking English summer’s day by a river in Suffolk, has been overtaken in favour of a mural by street artist Banksy. The graffiti stencil — originally sprayed onto the wall of a Shoreditch shop in 2002 — displays a girl releasing a heart-shaped balloon into the sky above her.

2,000 people chose their favourite artwork from a list of 20, shaped by arts editors and writers. The list included Peter Blake’s Sgt Pepper album cover (8th), David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash (14th) and Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure (19th).

Only two women were placed among the 20 artists on the shortlist.

The survey was commissioned by Samsung on the occasion of the launch for a new television by the brand which holds over 100 pre-loaded artworks for users to display while the tv is idle.

Share Article

Further Info

About the Author

Bryony Stone

Bryony joined It's Nice That as Deputy Editor in August 2016, following roles at Mother, Secret Cinema, LAW, Rollacoaster and Wonderland. She later became Acting Editor at It's Nice That, before leaving in late 2018.

It's Nice That Newsletters

Fancy a bit of It's Nice That in your inbox? Sign up to our newsletters and we'll keep you in the loop with everything good going on in the creative world.