Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, with a Woman and Another Figure

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
D28815
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 23

Catalogue entry

The setting appears to be a curtained bed, with the pale profile and upper body of a woman at the centre; there may be another figure in the shadows to the left, with his or her arms raised behind the head.
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 24 recto (unaccessioned; the recto of D28816).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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