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Roman painting discovered in London

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Roman fresco in London
Roman fresco in London | Photo: MOLA

In 2016, during excavations on 21 Lime Street in London, a fragment of a Roman fresco was discovered that dates back to the 1st century CE.

The painting probably adorned the corridor in the house of a wealthy citizen. In the fresco, we can see a deer gnawing at trees, birds, fruit and vines winding around the candlestick. The red colour was achieved with vermilion imported from Spain. The fresco presents a style that has never been found in Britain before; however, it refers to a painting from a Roman villa in Cologne (Germany).

The house where the fresco was found was probably demolished for the construction of the Forum Basilica.


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