Not on display
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the setting appears to be a darkened bedroom, with a bright light beyond the silhouetted door on the left; to the right, the washes probably indicate a curtained bed, as seen on many other pages of this book. At the centre the silhouettes of two figures seem to lean towards the bed, where there may be the perfunctory indication of the head of a figure reclining within. The subject on folio 38 verso (D28938) 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 ‘37’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 37’; it bears very slight watercolour offsetting from folio 36 verso (D28934). There is slight offsetting from the present page at the gutter and elsewhere on the unaccessioned recto of folio 38 opposite (its verso being D28938).