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
D28906
Turner Bequest CCXCI c 22

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the setting appears to be a curtained bed, possibly with pale figures within and standing towards the left, but this is open to interpretation.
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 ‘22’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 22’; it bears some watercolour offsetting from folio 21 verso (D28904). There is some offsetting from the present page at the gutter of the unaccessioned recto of folio 23 opposite (its verso being D28908).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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