Rome, . . . is thirteen miles in circumference, but has much open ground, . . . The view embraces a large extent of country, and for picturesque beauty, is unrivalled. Winding gracefully for miles, the Tiber, glistening like silver, gives a delightful charm to the verdant vale through which it courses before reaching the city. The Apennines, dotted with villages, fill up the background, and to the right beyond the Pontine Marshes, is the blue line of the Mediterranean, . . . The most prominent object in the view is St. Peter's Church, seen at the extremity on the right, its dome rising above the horizon. . . . To the extreme right of the picture is seen the site of the ancient Palace of the Caesars, . . . To the left of this, in the foreground, are the remains of a temple, supposed to have been dedicated to Fortune. There are still standing eight columns . . . To the left of this temple commences the ascent to the Capitol. Farther down is the Triumphal Arch of Septimus Severus, erected in the beginning of the third century, . . . [P. 8.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of Daniel Pratt, Prattville, Alabama. Together with a Memoir of George Cooke, Artist. Prattville: Howell & Luckett, Printers. 1853.