Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, with 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: 77 × 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28809
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 18

Catalogue entry

The very loosely defined shapes in the shadows on the right appear to be figures embracing within a curtained bed.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank, save for very slight offsetting of watercolour from folio 19 recto opposite (D28810).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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