'Athens the Arch of Hadrian', 1847.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A daguerreotype view of the Arch of Hadrian in Greece, made in 1852, a copy of a salt print from a calotype negative taken by Reverend George Bridges in 1847. The Arch was built by the Athenians to honour the Roman Emperor Hadrian [76-138 AD]. It marks the boundary between the ancient Greek city and the new Roman city. The Acropolis can be seen in the background. Bridges met photographic pioneer, William Henry Fox Talbot in 1846. The two men soon became good friends and Talbot arranged for Bridges to receive instruction in photography. Between 1846 and 1852 Bridges travelled to Italy, Malta, Sicily, Greece, Egypt and the Holy Land, taking nearly 2,000 photographs.