Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures

c.1834–6

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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
D28847
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 43

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, within the dark space framed by the curtains of a bed there appears to be a pale figure, possibly with a companion.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
The unaccessioned, blank recto is inscribed in red ink ‘43’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(b) – 43’.

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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