J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?A Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures Reclining or Embracing c.1834-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Recto:
?A Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures Reclining or Embracing c.1834–6
D28807
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 16
Watercolour on white wove paper, 77 x 101 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘16’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCI(b) – 16’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The very rough washes here appear to evoke a curtained bed with a naked figure or figures within, reclining or embracing.
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 17 recto opposite (D28808).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?A Curtained Bed, with a Figure or Figures Reclining or Embracing c.1834–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-curtained-bed-with-a-figure-or-figures-reclining-or-r1149037, accessed 28 November 2021.