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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, ?with a Standing Figure c.1834-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, ?with a Standing Figure c.1834–6
D28812
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 21
Watercolour on white wove paper, 77 x 101 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCI(b) – 21’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In the dark recess between pale bed curtains, a voluminous white figure appears to loom and reach forward. It may be a woman in a long gown, or perhaps a man in a nightshirt.
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 slight offsetting of watercolour from folio 22 recto opposite (D28813).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Dark Interior or Curtained Bed, ?with a Standing Figure 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-with-a-standing-figure-r1149042, accessed 23 January 2022.