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There are two sketches on this page which depict views of the banks of the Tiber to the south of the Aventine Hill. The sketch at the bottom depicts a view of the eastern bank of the Tiber south of Rome looking upstream towards the city. The river is a blank space in the foreground whilst on the opposite side from left to right is Monte Testaccio; the Aventine Hill with the Churches of Santa Sabina, Sant’Alessio all’Aventino (today known as Santi Boniface e Alessio) and Santa Maria del Priorato; the Aurelian walls; and finally the Pyramid of Cestius with the adjacent Porta San Paolo (Gate of St Paul). The view continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with the distant dome of St Peter’s and the tower of the Palazzo Senatorio on the Capitoline Hill, see folio 55 verso (D16256).
The location of the drawing at the top is not known but the view includes the Pyramid of Cestius. The towered structure on the left, which also appears in folio 55 verso (D16256; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 55v), is currently unidentified.