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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

The Caryatid porch of the Erechtheum [Athens, Greece] 30 May 1862

RCIN 2701013

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After leaving Constantinople, the royal party sailed to Athens. Their first stop upon arrival was to visit the King and Queen of Greece. They then spent two days sightseeing and shopping before rejoining the Royal Yacht. The Erechtheum, set on the Acropolis, is a Greek temple probably built between 421 and 406 BC. The figures of six maidens (the ‘caryatids’) are used to support the porch. Acquired by the Prince of Wales, 1862