Not on display
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, a man on all fours is embraced by a reclining woman, probably in the shadowy interior of a curtained bed. He is washed in with a dark tone against the white paper where the woman’s form is articulated by rough pencil work; in a space left by accident or design above the oval of her face there are loose pencil indications of an elaborately tall hairstyle or headdress.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
The unaccessioned, blank recto is numbered in red ink ‘17’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 17’.