Joseph Mallord William Turner

Naked Nymphs and 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
D18514
Turner Bequest CCX a 33

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. This one is comparatively finished, with the horned figures of fauns or satyrs engaging with naked women in various states of abandon. There appear to be more nymphs and satyrs on folio 29 recto and 30 recto (D18508, D18509; CCX a 27, 28), and on folio 36 recto (D18515; CCX a 34).
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Matthew Imms
January 2012

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