Collegio Romano - Residenza Gesuitica
The Collegio Romano is the former Jesuit college in Rome. At the back of the college at Via della Caravita 8a (immediately to the left of the Chiesa di San Ignazio) is the entrance to the Jesuit residence. On the ground floor immediately to the left of the entrance is a room with two windows and a door (the later now blocked up). In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries this room was the pharmacy of the college with its own entrance.
Below the second window (usually closed with a beautifully painted shutter) there is a black marble tablet with the following Latin inscription:
Above the inscription is engraved the royal coat-of-arms with (on the left) the rose of England and (on the right) the thistle of Scotland.
The inscription refers to a visit James made to the Old Pharmacy on his first sojourn in Rome (May 26 to July 3, 1717). It is possible that James came to see the fresco by Andrea Sacchi on the ceiling of the Old Pharmacy. One writer suggests that James paid for the decoration of the room, but I think that this is based upon a mistranslation of the inscription. 1
1 Ann Sutherland Harris, "Andrea Sacchi and Emilio Savonanzi at the Collegio Romano", The Burlington Magazine 110 (1968): 250: "There is no sign of eighteenth-century decoration in the room now; perhaps James paid for the interior furnishings, none of which now remains."
Image 1 (Window wall): © Noel S. McFerran 2002.
Image 2 (Memorial to James III and VIII): © Noel S. McFerran 2002.