Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, with a Standing Woman

c.1834–6

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28944
Turner Bequest CCXCI c 41

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the pale figure of what seems to be a woman looks out of the shadows of a dark room or passageway, or she may be standing in front of a curtained bed, the setting for many other compositions in this book.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
The unaccessioned, blank recto is numbered in red ink ‘41’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 41’; it bears very slight watercolour offsetting from folio 40 verso (D28942).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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