New poll reveals Britain’s favourite artwork

The survey, which polled over 2000 people, was carried out by Samsung to launch their new TV 'The Frame'

A new poll has crowned Banksy‘s ‘Balloon Girl’ as Britain’s favourite piece of art.

The survey polled over 2000 people, who chose from a shortlist of 20 pieces which had been drawn up by arts editors and writers.

Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl’ – which was originally daubed onto the side of a shop in Shoreditch in 2002 – came out on top, beating pieces by the likes of John Constable, JMW Turner and Antony Gormley. A print version of ‘Balloon Girl’ sold at auction for £56,250 in 2015.


Peter Blake’s design for the album cover of The Beatles‘ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was 8th, while Jamie Reid’s iconic artwork for the Sex Pistols‘ album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ came in at 20th.

See an image of Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl’ and the full results of the poll below.

A print of Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl’ [Credit: Getty]
Britain’s Favourite Artwork Poll, as carried out by Samsung:

  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 -‘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’