View of the Caryatid Porch, the Erechtheion

View of the Caryatid Porch, the Erechtheion

View of the Caryatid Porch, the Erechtheion, the west end of the Temple of Minerva Polias and the  Pandrosium on the Acropolis, Athens
James Stuart
1750s–60s
Gouache
© RIBA Library Drawings Collection
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In this complex view, Stuart depicted himself sketching in the foreground while his labourers excavated the base of the monument under the watch of Turkish spies from the porch. According to Stuart, the two pipe-smoking men were high-ranking Turkish officials who policed the site so that Stuart and Revett would not carry away treasure.