A couple more images of the Meta Sudans (minus one I can’t show you!)

Ste. Trombetti has had more luck today, this time finding images of the vanished fountain that stood between the arch of Constantine and the Colosseum.

The first item is an undated photograph on a German site – the “- here.  It’s quite a splendid image.  The site owners seem to be demanding money, the thieves.  So I won’t upload it here.

At Cultura Italia here is an interesting image of people digging around the base of the fountain.  It’s by Pinelli Bartolomeo, “Escavazioni alla Meta Sudante”, and made in 1831.  Unfortunately the site only makes this small image available, and I’m not at all sure about the accuracy of anything in the sketch:

1831 - Excavations around the Meta Sudans
1831 – Excavations around the Meta Sudans

Next, a photographic negative!  Also at Cultura Italia, here.  It was taken between 1880-1910:

Negative of Meta Sudans, 1880-1910
Negative of Meta Sudans, 1880-1910

And here, courtesy of Paint.Net, is a reversed, flipped, and auto-leveled version of the same:

Meta Sudans, image from negative, colours reversed, flipped vertically and auto-leveled in Paint.Net.
Meta Sudans, image from negative, colours reversed, flipped vertically and auto-leveled in Paint.Net.

It shows the water channel in the heart of the fountain.

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