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From the Beinecke Library, the Paul Mellon Centre, the Chaney Library, the British Library and other sources


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Online-Service mit Zugang zu Quellenmaterialien zur sog. "Grand Tour" von der Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts bis zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die "Grand Tour" war die Bezeichnung für eine seit der Renaissance obligatorische Reise der Söhne des europäischen Adels, später auch des gehobenen Bürgertums durch Mitteleuropa, Italien, Spanien und auch ins Heilige Land, wobei in weiterem Sinne auch Bildungsreisen erwachsener Angehöriger der genannten Stände darunter fallen. Insbesondere in England fand die "Grand Tour" im 18. Jahrhundert ihren reichen literarischen Niederschlag.
Die Sammlung beinhaltet eine Vielzahl von handschriftlichen Reiseaufzeichnungen, veröffentlichten Reiseberichten, Tagebuchaufzeichnungen, Reiseführern und Briefen im Volltext- und/oder Faksimileformat sowie Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Skizzen und Karten.
Vertreten sind neben einer Vielzahl von unbekannten oder wenig bekannten Autorinnen und Autoren zahlreiche Schriftsteller, Künstler, Politiker, Diplomaten und Wissenschaftler, deren Aufzeichnungen einen Einblick in ein vielfältiges Spektrum von Themen wie Transport- und Verkehrsmittel, Geld, Nachrichtenwesen, Essen und Trinken, Gesundheit und Körperlichkeit vermitteln.
Die Quellenmaterialien wurden u.a. ausgewählt aus den Beständen der Beinecke Library, des Paul Mellon Centre, der Chaney Library und der British Library.

The Grand Tour

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Adam Matthew Digital

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Verlagsinformation :: Publisher's information

This digital collection of manuscript, visual and printed works allows students and researchers to explore and compare a range of sources on the history of travel for the first time, including many from private or neglected collections.

The Grand Tour includes the travel writings and works of some of Britain's greatest artists, writers and thinkers, revealing how interaction with European culture shaped their creative and intellectual sensibilities. It also includes many writings by forgotten or anonymous travellers, including many women, whose daily experiences offer a vivid insight into the experience and practicalities of travel across the centuries.

This collection has a very broad appeal, and will be of great interest to: social, cultural and political historians interested in the period 1550-1850; literary scholars; and art historians or fine art departments.

Period Covered

  • 1550-1850


  • Opportunity to compare a range of sources on the history of travel for the first time, including many from private or neglected collections
  • Daily life in the eighteenth century, including everyday issues as transportation, money, communications, food and drink, health and sex
  • European political and religious life, British diplomacy; life at court, and social customs on the Continent, and is an invaluable resource for the study of Europe's urban spaces
  • A wealth of detail about cities such as Paris, Rome, Florence and Geneva, including written accounts and visual representations of street life, architecture and urban planning
  • Manuscripts of many prominent figures, including Sir William Hamilton, Sir Thomas Hoby, Richard Lassels, Sir Philip Sidney, John Evelyn, Charles Burney and Joseph Spence are featured
  • Accounts from female travellers, including Lady Hester Stanhope and Elizabeth Craven
  • Rare printed sources, including travel accounts, guide books, histories and accounts of religious and political life. Authors include Henry Swinburne, Mariana Starke, J. Fenimore Cooper, Tobias Smollett and Henry Matthews
  • Paintings and sketches of Italy and the Continent, as well as portraits of Grand Tourists, by artists including: JMW Turner, Pompeo Batoni, Richard Wilson, William Pars, Thomas Rowlandson and Joseph Wright of Derby

Source Archives

  • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
  • Birmingham Art Gallery
  • British Library
  • Buckinghamshire Archives
  • Cornwall Record Office
  • Devon Record Office
  • Durham University Library
  • Northumberland County Archive
  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Private Library of Edward Chaney
  • Surrey History Centre
  • West Yorkshire Archives
  • Yale Center for British Art

Material Types

  • Letters
  • Diaries and journals
  • Account books
  • Printed guidebooks
  • Published travel writing
  • Paintings and sketches
  • Architectural drawings
  • Maps

Editorial Board

  • Jeremy Black, University of Exeter
  • Melissa Calaresu, University of Cambridge
  • Edward Chaney, Southampton Solent University
  • Rosemary Sweet, University of Leicester
  • Emma Winter, Columbia University


  • European political and religious life
  • British diplomacy
  • Material culture, taste and collecting
  • Everyday life
  • Life at court
  • The urban environment and architecture of cities such as Paris, Geneva, Venice, Rome, Florence and Naples
  • Transportation
  • Money
  • Communications
  • Food and drink
  • Health and sex

Key Features

  • A searchable, full-text version of John Ingamell's landmark Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800. This remarkable work identifies over 6000 individual Grand Tourists, providing biographies and details of their tours. It also functions as a database of Grand Tour manuscripts not included in the resource.
  • A selection of digitised source material from the Brinsley Ford Archive at the Paul Mellon Centre, London. This incomparable research collection contains the notes, clippings and research gathered by Sir Brinsley Ford, from which John Ingamells compiled the Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800.
  • An indexed collection of hundreds of quality, modern photographs of Italy, providing a detailed visual source of all the historical sites, palaces and streets visited by tourists, to accompany the written accounts.
  • Exclusive essays by leading scholars from Art History, History, and Urban Studies

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