image MS_73_014
Image number: RS.17324
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Map and buildings from the Athenian Acropolis, Greece

Date

26-27 August 1675

Creator

Francis Vernon (1632-1677, British), Traveller

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p6v

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 300mm
width (page): 185mm

Subject

Description

Drawings of the structural layouts of several buildings from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, including the Temple of Diana and the Parthenon. The lower half of the page contains a map of natural features of the region.

These drawings are found in the journal by Francis Vernon of his travels in the Eastern Mediterranean, kept between 1675 and 1676.

Object history

'Mr. Vernon's journal of his travels is extant among the papers of the Royal Society, being found among those of Dr. Hooke, as appears from a letter of Dr. Richard Mead to the Revd. Mr. Edmund Cheshull. This journal, which contains only short and imperfect notes, but a great number of inscriptions, begins at Spalatro, July 8, 1675, and ends at Ispahan, September 14, 1676. The advantage, which Mr. Vernon's travels might have been of to the public, was prevented by his unfortunate death near Ispahan in Persia in a contest with some Arabs about an English pen-knife, which he refusing to give them, they fell upon him and cut him to pieces. His body being conveyed to that city was interred there' (Birch 3:357-58).

Associated place

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