Not on display
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the bright form on the left may be a curtained bed, as in many other compositions in this book. In the dark to the right, there seems to be at least two shadowy figures. Either by a series of very light brushstrokes or by a fortuitous cluster of marks (or perhaps a combination of the two), there appears to be the pale form of a naked woman sitting on the bed. This reading becomes more convincing if she is the object of the others’ attention. The subject on folio 37 verso (D28936) may show a different aspect of such a scene; compare also the apparently voyeuristic subject on folio 32 verso (D28926).
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 ‘38’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 38’; it bears slight watercolour offsetting from folio 37 verso (D28936).