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Pompeii as it was and is by Matania Featured Print

Pompeii as it was and is by Matania

The last election in Pompeii, 2000 years ago, before the eruption of Vesuvius, as envisaged by the Sphere special artist and expert in historical reconstruction, Fortunino Matania. This image was based on discoveries made during recent excavations in 1924, which revealed something about how electoral candidates made themselves known to electors. in the vicinity of the house inhabited by the candidate inscriptions were painted on the walls recommending him for election. Very often a man was warranted for by other citizens who had already gained a sufficient reputation to enable them to wield influence. In the picture here, there is a novelty in Roman election appeals; in the inscription found near the Termopolio (tavern) at No. 2 of the Via dell Abbondanza, inscription reads as follows: C.Lollium Fuscum II VIR V.A.S.P.P Asellinas Rogant Nec Sin Zmyrina. In English, this appeal would read: Asellina, supported by Zmyrina, recommends the candidature of C. Lollium Fuscum for duumvir, having in charge the streets, the temples and public religious festivals. Who these two women were is unknown, but it is interesting that they should wield such influence. Date: 1924

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Delhi Durbar 1911 The Brilliant Proclamation Scene, Matania Featured Print

Delhi Durbar 1911 The Brilliant Proclamation Scene, Matania

Proclamation by the native herald during the Delhi Durbar of 1911 as recorded in person by the artist Fortunino Matania on 12 December 1911. The Delhi herald was General Peyton in a tabard bearing the Royal Standard front and back together with the assistant herald, Malik Umar Hayat Khan, a Punjab magnate of martial bearing. Twelve British and twelve Indian trumpeters, all on white horses, followed the heralds, blowing a stirring fanfare. The heralds then turned on horseback to face the crowd to read the proclamation, one in English, one in Urdu. Behind on the huge, ornate dais sit King George V and Queen Mary. Matania bore witness to the event, dressing in ceremonial uniform in order to merge in and get as close to action as possible. Date: 1911

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania Featured Print

Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania

Life in Pompeii 2000 years ago. A new reconstruction series by Fortunino Matania, no. III. Bringing in the new wine to Pompeii after the October vintage. The opening up of new excavations in Pompeii in 1924 led the Sphere special artist and expert in historical reconstruction, paint a series of scenes of daily life in ancient Pompeii. A new vintage of wine is brought into Pompeii from the countryside by means of specially constructed cars, each containing a skin of wine. The latter was the skin of a cow, with the neck tied up at the front and the tail serving as the only outlet. The car was pulled by two horses along the streets of the town, passing exactly over a causeway of raised stones such as were to be found in every Pompeiian street. Not possessing drains, during rainy weather, the streets of Pompeii were flooded by rain water flowing down to the Tiber, consequently passers-by were forced to cross the street on the raised causeway. The wine car stopped before various taverns, and all the anfore were brought out to be filled. The drawing represents the filling of these anfore. The car was drawn from a fresco discovered at Pompeii. At the time of this drawing by Matania (who had been born in Naples), the same scenes were enacted before the cantine of Naples, which have been built on the same lines as those of Pompeii. Cars loaded with barrels still unloaded the new wine coming from the same vineyards. Date: 1924

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans