The albumen print above is approximately 8 ins
x 5.5 ins. It is No 515 in a series of views by AA Inglis
It was proposed that The National Monument, on
Calton Hill at the East End of Princes Street, would be a copy of the
Parthenon in Athens. But funds ran out. What you see in the
photograph above, which looks to the north from the hill towards the Firth
of Forth, is all that was ever built!
Nevertheless, In this photograph the National Monument is an impressive
site. Its stone was then still clean and bright. AA Inglis
took care to keep the monument's columns vertical in his photograph, a
feat seldom achieved in today's photographs.