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
D28805
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 14

Catalogue entry

Within the dark space defined by bed curtains at the left, there appears to be a pale naked figure, perhaps female, standing or leaning on the right, bending a little to the left; the inner line of the leg and the crotch appears to have been emphasised, and there seem to be very rudimentary facial features. Other shapes may indicate another figure on the bed with an arm hanging down, though this is even more speculative.
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 15 recto opposite (D28806).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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