Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Curtained Bed, with Figures

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
D28898
Turner Bequest CCXCI c 18

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the loose washes here probably indicate the setting of a curtained bed, possibly with a suggestion of a pale figure or figures within.
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:
There is slight offsetting of watercolour in the gutter here to the unaccessioned recto of folio 19 opposite (its verso being D28900). The unaccessioned, blank recto of the present leaf is numbered in red ink ‘18’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 18’.

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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