Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures

c.1834–6

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 77 × 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28810
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 19

Catalogue entry

Within the shadowy curtained bed to the right are pale forms which may be a naked figure of figures, while in the left foreground the hatched blue shape may be intended as discarded clothes or perhaps a piece of decorated bedroom furniture.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank, save for slight offsetting of watercolour round the edges from folio 20 recto opposite (D28811).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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