Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures Reclining or Embracing

c.1834–6

Not on display

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
D28807
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 16

Catalogue entry

The very rough washes here appear to evoke a curtained bed with a naked figure or figures within, reclining or embracing.
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 very slight offsetting of watercolour from folio 17 recto opposite (D28808).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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