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Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the setting is a curtained bed, beside which a man is shown in silhouette, bending forwards with his hands on his knees. Within the shadowy bed there are pale forms which seem to indicate a naked woman; unless the marks are fortuitous, her head seems to be articulated by tiny dark dots for eyes, suggesting that she is returning the man’s gaze; compare the apparently voyeuristic subject on folio 37 verso (D28936).
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 ‘32’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 32’. There is some offsetting from the present page to the unaccessioned recto of folio 33 opposite (its verso being D28928).