Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Naked Couple Engaged in Sexual Activity

c.1810

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18503
Turner Bequest CCX a 22

Catalogue entry

As discussed in the introduction, most of the drawings in this book are rapid figure studies, many of which are explicitly erotic; here a naked man supports a reclining or falling woman as they embrace.
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Matthew Imms
January 2012

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