September 5, 2005

“The Fighting Temeraire” voted UK’s best painting

LONDON (Reuters) - Joseph Turner's "The Fighting Temeraire"
was voted the greatest painting in a British art gallery, it
was announced on Monday.

The painting, which hangs in the National Gallery in
London, won 31,892 votes, more than a quarter of the 118,111
cast in a poll organized by the BBC Today radio program.

"The Fighting Temeraire" shows the 98-gun ship which played
a distinguished role in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar being
towed toward its final berth in east London in 1838 to be
broken up.

In second place was John Constable's "The Hay Wain,"
Edouard Manet's "A Bar at the Folies Bergere" was third and
"The Arnolfini Portrait" by Jan van Eyck was fourth.

Any painting being displayed in a British gallery was
eligible for the vote.