Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Curtained Bed, with a Naked Figure or Figures c.1834–6

Artwork details

A Curtained Bed, with a Naked Figure or Figures
Date c.1834–6
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 77 x 101 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 6
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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.
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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