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Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the exact juxtaposition of what appear to be two naked figures (probably in the dark interior of a curtained bed) is difficult to make out, as the white spaces left by the initial washes have been articulated by a somewhat feverish flurry of pencil work. The clearest forms seem to indicate bare legs with the knees drawn up and parted, and there is an impression of a crouching or crawling figure on the left.
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 ‘16’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 16’.