Turner thoroughly explored the Roman Forum (Campo Vaccino) and made numerous sketches from various angles. This sketch of the north end looking east is drawn from an area of high ground in the western corner, with the eight columns of the Temple of Saturn in the foreground. On the left is the Temple of Vespasian whilst on the right is the Column of Phocas. In the distance on the far right is the Baroque façade of the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda with the surrounding portico of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the large adjacent ruins of the Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius.
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