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: 79 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28908
Turner Bequest CCXCI c 23

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, beyond a broad bed curtain the pale figure of a naked woman appears to lie prone within. There may be a hint of a companion beyond her.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
The unaccessioned, blank recto is numbered in red ink ‘23’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 23’; it bears slight watercolour offsetting from folio 22 verso (D28906). There is some offsetting from the present page, particularly near the gutter, on the unaccessioned recto of folio 24 opposite (its verso being D28910).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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