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 on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 × 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28912
Turner Bequest CCXCI c 25

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, a naked woman is shown reclining to the right within a shadowy curtained bed. She seems to rest her chin in her left hand, and her right arm is drawn back behind her head.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
The unaccessioned, blank recto is numbered in red ink ‘25’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 25’; it bears slight watercolour offsetting from folio 24 verso (D28910). There is quite extensive offsetting from the present page to the unaccessioned recto of folio 26 opposite (its verso being D28914).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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