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Turner made a large number of drawings with the River Tiber as the central focus. This view incorporates the Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island) looking downstream towards the Aventine Mount including the two bridges which link the island to either shore. On the right is the Ponte Cestio which crosses towards the Trastevere district on the west and on the left is the Ponte Fabricius, the oldest surviving bridge in Rome (also known as the Ponte Quattro Capi), which crosses towards the Jewish ghetto on the east. The river has been left as a blank space in the foreground but Turner’s viewpoint suggests that he was standing on the Ponte Sisto, another bridge further upstream.