Below title is notation: St Gregorio is a suppressed Monastery facing Grand Canal and has a very pretty court Facade brick, once stuccoed. Entrance Marble. Noted: red marble ; white marble Above doorway is notation: there is a panel, a sort of pediment with figure of S. Gregorio above center of Doorway. Lower R corner of drawing: SKETCHED APRIL 3. 91
Inscribed in plate, l.l. corner: "Gio Giacomo Rossi Formi Roma alla Pace"; l.l. "G.MF-1540/Nic^o uan aelst/for. Romae" Watermark: crowned, encircled fleur-de-lys; similar to Briquet 7111; very similar to Heawood 1633, 1641.
A brick and stone bridge crosses a canal at the center of the image. On both sides as well as behind the bridge are tall buildings that surround the bridge, creating shallow space. Several figures stand and sit on the bridge. Windows, balconies,
The smaller canals provided Whistler with picturesque colors and textures, such as crumbling plaster walls and centuries-old stone structures. This composition shows such a back canal. The composition is congested and buildings jumble together, although at the top of the bridge and along the right side there are figures that animate the space.
Inscriptions: Recto a. printed on mount l.r. corner: R. EATON , PHOT. b. printed on mount l.l. corner: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY F. FRITH , REIGATE c. printed on mount under center of image: THE COLOSSEUM, ROME