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64r (SM volume 39)


64r (SM volume 39)


(pencil) most pleasing sensations in this Climate / the Hall is double; the furthest receives / borrow'd lights from the first, & also / some light is got from the windows / over them, as over the front hall you / have a recess wc commands the most / delightful prospects of Lago d'Albano / the mind can conceive / At Albano, the Church of San Paolo is built / on the ruins & is part of an Antique edifice / the plan is Circular, the lights very ill disposed / & too little - the door front is composed of / Ancient Marbles of very good Sculpture & the / Mouldings particularly a Cyma reversa of / a most enormous size - / The Lago di Nemi - was called by the / Ancients the looking glass of Diana; but there are / no remains whatever of her temple.



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