Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Bedroom, with a Figure or Figures in a Curtained Bed

c.1834–6

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 77 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28798
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 8

Catalogue entry

The white shapes left by the bare paper at the centre are possibly pale figures in the shadowy space between bed curtains, suggested by the darker vertical strokes at each side. Further strokes to the left and below may indicate bedroom furniture and a carpet.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank, save for slight offsetting of watercolour from folio 9 recto opposite (D28799).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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