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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed c.1834-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Verso:
?A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed c.1834–6
D28814
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 22a
Watercolour on white wove paper, 101 x 77 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This very roughly washed page suggests the dark space between the curtains of a bed, as on many adjacent pages, but the presence of a figure or figures within cannot confidently be suggested in this case.
For a discussion of the improvisatory and often erotic nature of the watercolour studies making up most of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
May 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed 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-dark-interior-or-curtained-bed-r1149044, accessed 23 January 2022.