Joseph Mallord William Turner

An Interior with a Curtained Bed, with a Standing Woman

c.1834–6

Not on display

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
D28940
Turner Bequest CCXCI c 39

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the bright, draped form is probably a curtained bed. The pale form of a standing figure, apparently a woman, stands in the shadows to the right.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
The unaccessioned, blank recto is numbered in red ink ‘39’ and stamped ‘CCXCI(c) – 39. There is very slight watercolour offsetting from the present page onto the unaccessioned recto of folio 40 opposite (its verso being D28942).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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