'Athens The Cecropium or Southern Portico of The Erectheum', 1852'.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Daguerreotype of the ruined portico of the Caryatids, part of the Erechtheum on the Acropolis, Athens. This daguerreotype is a copy of a salt print made from calotype negative taken by Reverend George Bridges in 1847. The Erechtheum, built between 421 and 406 BC, is a masterpiece of Greek architecture. Built in the Ionic style, the porch of the temple is decorated with a series of six sculptured female figures, or Caryatids, serving as ornamental supports. The Reverend George 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.