Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Naked Couple Engaged in Sexual Activity, a Naked, Reclining Woman Seated and Other Figures

c.1810

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18513
Turner Bequest CCX a 32

Catalogue entry

As discussed in the introduction, most of the drawings in this book are rapid figure studies, many of which are erotic; others may be similar in intent, but are difficult to make out. Here the naked woman astride a man on the left is one of the most explicit, while the group on the right with a naked reclining woman, her arm raised to a fragmentary figure or figures, is more enigmatic.
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Matthew Imms
January 2012

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