Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Dark Interior, with a Naked Woman and Another Figure or Figures

c.1834–6

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D28803
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 12

Catalogue entry

The shape left by the area of bare paper towards the top right evokes a woman’s head in profile. There is the suggestion of another head beyond and the forms of a naked body or bodies in the centre, with perhaps another figure at the top left, all set within a dark interior. How fortuitous such a reading might be, given the rough spontaneity of the washes, is uncertain.
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 from folio 13 recto opposite (D28804).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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