This is one of Joli's most popular compositions. Manzelli records twenty-two versions, many differing in size and format and all with variations in the detail (M. Manzelli, Antonio Joli, Venice, 1999, pp. 89-93, nos. R.1-R.22). Joli's viewpoint is relatively low and advanced towards the bridge, enabling him to render the topography of Rome in detail. The inclusion of a Palazzo and a terrace in the lower left can be assumed to be a compositional device invented by the artist, but otherwise the view is reasonably accurate.
Hitherto unpublished, the present picture is one of the smallest of Joli's treatments of the view and in this and other respects corresponds closest to a picture with Leonard Koetser, London, 1961 (Manzelli, ibid., p. 92, no. R.14).