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Giacomo Caneva 
Porto di Ripetta, Rome, Italy 
1852 (ca) 
Salt print, from calotype negative 
19.7 x 27.3 cm (7.5 x 10.5 ins) 
Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography 
A beautiful view by Caneva. The photographer's title in manuscript is said to be that of his own hand.
There were two harbours for the shipping on the Tiber, one at Ripa Grande and the other at Ripetta. The latter became the subject of an architectural scheme in 1703-4, during the reign of Clement IX. The architect Alessandro Specchi built a flight of steps leading up to the little square in front of the church of S. Girolamo degli Schiavoni. As we can see in this print there is a semi-circular area in front of the church with a curving flight of steps leading down to the rivers edge. Taken from the opposite bank one can also see Palazzo Borghese on the right. Porto di Ripetta disappeared in 1901 when Ponte Cavour was built. A variant of this view is in The Library of the Academy of Art, Copenhagen. 

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