Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures

c.1834–6

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 x 77 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28843
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 40

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, the loosely worked setting seems to be a dark interior or a curtained bed, with pale shapes below suggesting a figure or figures within. The blue strokes at the top appear to indicate the bed curtains; compare the similar effect on folio 39 verso opposite (D28841).
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 slight offsetting of watercolour to or from folio 41 recto opposite (unaccessioned; the verso is D28844).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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