Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Curtained Bed, with a Naked 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
D28796
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 6

Catalogue entry

There is a suggestion of bed curtains towards the left, with a pale figure or figures reclining towards the right within the dark space beyond, but the composition has hardly been developed beyond the rapid initial washes.
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 apparently adventitious stroke of blue watercolour and offsetting from folio 7 recto opposite (D28797).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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