'Athens The Temple of Jupiter Panhellius', 1847.
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A daguerreotype view of a ruined temple in Greece. This daguerreotype, made in 1852, is a copy of a salt print from a calotype negative taken by Reverend George Bridges in 1847. The ruin is said to be that of Jupiter Panhelius in Athens but could be a view of a building on the Acropolis. 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.