Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Curtained Bed, with a Naked Woman Reclining

c.1834–6

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 × 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28890
Turner Bequest CCXCI c 14

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the bright form within a shadowy curtained bed could scarcely be read as a reclining woman without the perfunctory articulation of her breasts and hip with pencil strokes.
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 ‘14’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 14’.

Matthew Imms
May 2014

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like

In the shop