View of the Ionic temple on the River Ilissus near Athens
© RIBA Library Drawings Collection
The Ionic order, one of the three styles of classical architecture, of the temple on the River Ilissus was considered to be one of the finest in existence. It was later widely imitated by Greek Revival architects. Stuart’s paintings are of particular importance as the Turks destroyed the building in about 1778. By the time he visited, the temple had been converted to a church.