Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Curtained Bed, with Figures ?Embracing

c.1834–6

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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
D28811
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 20

Catalogue entry

Within a shadowy curtained bed, the pale forms emphasised by dark strokes outlining them appear to be figures embracing.
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 very slight offsetting of watercolour from folio 21 recto opposite (D28812).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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