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Stonehenge, Trilithons (B And C) From The South West

Stonehenge, Trilithons (B And C) From The South West

Photographer: Ordnance Survey Department, under Colonel Sir Henry James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 10351.i.2

Item number: 3

Length: 22.9

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, taken by the Ordnance Survey under the supervision of Colonel Sir Henry James. The image is one of eight photographs of the monument illustrating Colonel James’ 1867 book ‘Stonehenge, Turusachan and Cromlechs’, and was published as plate 6. He wrote: “Within this circle there are five stupendously large trilithons, each consisting of two uprights with tenons on them, supporting a large horizontal lintel, in which two mortices are cut to receive the tenons.” This view from the south-west shows two of the five trilithons – pairs of stones surmounted by lintels – which are arranged in a horseshoe shape in the centre of the stone circle. With another man in uniform, James is posed in frock coat and top hat against the stones, giving an idea of their massive scale. James was Director-General of the Ordnance Survey between 1854 and 1875.

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