After a sustained period of travel along the east coast from Rimini, Turner’s route towards Rome turned inland at Ancona and began to follow a south-westerly course towards the Apennine Mountains. Many of the urban settlements in this part of Italy were built upon high ground and Turner made a number of sketches of the hilltop towns and cities he glimpsed as he travelled through the landscape of the Marche region of Italy. The order of these drawings within the beginning of this sketchbook does not appear to follow a strict geographical sequence.
This sketch is not conclusively identified but may depict the Renaissance walls and circular bastion near the Porta Romana in Loreto. Similar views seen from the north of the city can be seen on folios 9 verso (D14670) and 10 verso (D14672). The wobbly, uncertain lines indicate that it was almost certainly drawn from a moving carriage.