Joseph Mallord William Turner

Reclining Nude, Draped with a Red Cloth

1821

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18568
Turner Bequest CCXI 28 a

Catalogue entry

This is one of two nude studies in this sketchbook, the other being of a figure in a similar pose on the recto of this page (Tate D18567; Turner Bequest CCXI 28). It is also one of only three sketches in the book which uses watercolour. Turner has used the same red watercolour pigment for the drapery and (much watered down) the flesh tone. There are two sky studies in watercolour on folios 3 and 4 (Tate D18529, D18530; Turner Bequest CCXI 3, 4).
Ian Warrell and Ann Chumbley have compared this study with notes Turner made in the Academies sketchbook, 1804 (Tate D05209; Turner Bequest LXXXIV f.36), but point out that the present figure is more suggestive of erotic intent.1

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

1
Chumbley and Warrell 1989, p.29 no.10.

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