'Athens The Northern Ionic Portico of The Erecthaeum', 1847.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A daguerreotype view of the northern portico of the temple of the Erechtheum on the Acropolis, Athens. This daguerreotype, made in 1852, is a copy of a salt print from a calotype negative taken by Reverend George Bridges in 1847. The Erechtheum, built between 421 and 406 BC, is a masterpiece of Greek architecture. 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.