Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 58 Verso:
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 115 x 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Ian Warrell, ‘Exploring the ‘dark side’: Ruskin and the problem of Turner’s erotica’, The British Art Journal, vol.4, no.1, Spring 2003, p.17.
A slight pencil sketch here, of a figure subject, seems to have been deliberately smudged or erased. It appears to be of a young woman, naked but for shoes and with her legs spread. It was not noticed or numbered by Finberg and was first published by Warrell, with the suggestion that it might represent a sexual fantasy or a casual encounter of Turner’s at Margate.
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