Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures

c.1834–6

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D27733
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 5

Catalogue entry

As set out in the Introduction, numerous pages in the first third of this sketchbook have had rough watercolour washes applied, which have then been developed into compositions to varying degrees. Here, the setting may be a dark interior or a curtained bed, which Raphael Rosenberg has interpreted as an erotic image.1 There seem to be indications of a head in profile, perhaps another, naked limbs, and possibly an oval mirror in the background, though some of these may be fortuitous readings of the barely manipulated cursory marks formed by the washes.
1
See Rosenberg 2007, p.327 note 24.
Verso:
Blank, save for slight traces of watercolour and offsetting from the ink inscription on folio 6 recto opposite (D27734).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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