Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Naked Woman and Other Figures, Possibly Satyrs, Engaged in Sexual Activity

c.1810

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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
D18509
Turner Bequest CCX a 28

Catalogue entry

As discussed in the introduction, most of the drawings in this book are rapid figure studies, many of which are explicitly erotic; others may be similar in intent, but are difficult to make out, and may be of classical or biblical subjects. Here a sprawling naked woman appears to embrace a naked male, perhaps with the horns and part-animal body of a satyr or faun, while a similar figure looks on. There appear to be more nymphs and satyrs on folio 29 recto (D18508; CCX a 27) and on folios 35 recto and 36 recto (D18514, D18515; CCX a 33, 34).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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