Turner Bequest CCLXXX 153
Inscribed by ?W.R. Smith in pencil ‘1’ to ‘27’ above image and ‘1’ to ‘22’ descending along left-hand edge. Also in pencil evenly spaced marks corresponding to numbers along the top edge and faint ruled lines on all four sides of the vignette
With a religious awe contemplating
That House, the highest in the Ancient World,
And destined to perform from age to age
The noblest service, welcoming as guests
All of all nations and of every faith;
A Temple, sacred to Humanity!
And, just beneath it, in that dreary dale,
If dale it might be called, so near to Heaven,
A little lake, where never fish leaped up,
Lay like a spot of ink amid the snow;
A star, the only one in that small sky,
On its dead surface glimmering.
The paper bears a watermark ‘J Whatman / Turkey Mill / 1826’.
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 153’ centre
How to cite
Meredith Gamer, ‘The Hospice. Great St Bernard with the Lake (I), for Rogers’s ‘Italy’ c.1826–7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www