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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Naked Couple Engaged in Sexual Activity c.1810

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
A Naked Couple Engaged in Sexual Activity circa 1810
D18503
Turner Bequest CCX a 22
Pencil on white laid writing paper, 115 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ bottom right (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCX(a) – 22’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Naked Couple Engaged in Sexual Activity c.1810 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-naked-couple-engaged-in-sexual-activity-r1184374, accessed 21 September 2019.