Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed

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
D28821
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 26 a

Catalogue entry

This loosely washed page shows little sign of development towards a legible composition, but it could have been the starting point for a curtained bed with a shadowy interior, as seen on more worked-up adjacent pages.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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