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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Sketches from the Road Through the Simplon Pass, Including the Old Stockalper Hospice 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Three Sketches from the Road Through the Simplon Pass, Including the Old Stockalper Hospice 1819
D16893
Turner Bequest CXCIV 2 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 121 x 195 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three distinct views taken from the road through the Simplon Pass. The subject of the sketch in the bottom left-hand corner remains unidentified, but the main drawing depicts the sharp lines of peaks approaching the pass, whilst the building featured in study in the top right-hand corner represents the Old Hospice (Alter Spittel), renovated during the seventeenth century by Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper (1609–91) for the relief of travellers through the mountains. The hospice, which stands a couple of miles to the south of the pass, was supplanted during the early nineteenth century by a new establishment, built on the orders of Napoleon between 1801 and 1831. For further sketches see folio 5 (D16898).

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Three Sketches from the Road Through the Simplon Pass, Including the Old Stockalper Hospice 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-three-sketches-from-the-road-through-the-simplon-pass-r1132768, accessed 19 May 2024.