'Julius Caesar', c. 1856, Roger Fenton, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum / SSPL
Today is the Ides of March, a date in the Roman Calendar which became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44BC.
In 1853 The British Museum asked Roger Fenton to document parts of their collection as their official photographer. He went on to take many photographs of classical busts, skeletons, Assyrian tablets and other works of art.
Roger Fenton was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s. He is best known as one of the first war photographers, from his work in the Crimea in 1855. However, he also took many highly-regarded photographs of the Royal Family and the collections of the British Museum as well as many superb landscapes, architectural studies and still lifes.