Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Woman, Semi-Draped, Reclining on her Side, Head Resting on her Right Arm, Left Hand Between her Legs circa 1800–7
Turner Bequest LXXXIV 14a
Pencil on white wove paper, 73 x 119 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘14a’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘LXXXIV 14’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.222, LXXXIV 14a, as ‘Female figure’.
Ian Warrell, ‘A checklist of erotic sketches in the Turner Bequest’, British Art Journal, vol.4, no.1, 2003, p.16 reproduced pl.4.
Ian Warrell notes that here ‘the model’s hand seems to caress her vagina’ and suggests this as possible grounds for Turner’s Executors ‘suppressing’ this sketchbook by omitting it from their Schedule of his estate; see also Introduction to the sketchbook.
How to cite
David Blayney Brown, ‘A Woman, Semi-Draped, Reclining on her Side, Head Resting on her Right Arm, Left Hand Between her Legs c.1800–7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-woman-semi-draped-reclining-on-her-side-head-resting-on-r1178361, accessed 27 September 2020.