The viewpoint for this inverted sketch is similar to that of another view looking south-west from the substructures of the ruined Palace of Septimius Severus on the Palatine Hill, see folio 75 verso (D15440; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 74a). In the distance on the right-hand side can be seen the Porta San Paolo, whilst on the left is the Convent of Santa Balbina on the Aventine Hill.
The composition replicates that of a drawing by James Hakewill, Rome, Ruins of the Palace of the Caesars on the Palatine Hill, later published in a series called Eight Views of Rome, 1823.1
Tony Cubberley and Luke Herrmann, Twilight of the Grand Tour: A Catalogue of the drawings by James Hakewill in the British School at Rome Library, Rome 1992, no.3.10, p.188 reproduced.
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