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Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the pale mass of a reclining figure is shown within a bed with its bright curtain and blue-striped bedclothes. The sex and anatomy of the figure are difficult to make out, although the full curves hint at a female torso, perhaps with the head to the left and the hip to the right; there are several finger marks where the artist has blended or lifted the wet washes.
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 numbered in red ink ‘27’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 27’; it bears slight watercolour offsetting from folio 26 verso (D28914).