Grand Tour Online

Grand Tour Online is a collection of travel writing on the "Grand Tour" of Europe between 1550 and 1850

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A digital collection of travel writing on the "Grand Tour" of Europe between 1550 and 1850, including manuscripts, visual sources and printed works on history, history of art and literature.

Key features

Primary historical sources include: letters, diaries and journals, account books, printed guidebooks, published travel writing, paintings and sketches, architectural drawings, and maps.  Manuscripts include those of Sir William Hamilton, Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Hoby, Richard Lassels, Sir Philip Sidney, John Evelyn, Charles Burney and Joseph Spence, and accounts from female travellers, including Lady Hester Stanhope and Elizabeth Craven. 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.  Secondary sources include John Ingamell’s Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800; Sir Brinsley Ford's research notes and clippings from the Brinsley Ford Archive at the Paul Mellon Centre; photographs of modern Italy, providing a detailed visual archive of the historical sites, palaces and streets visited by grand tourists; and collected essays by leading scholars from art history, history, and urban studies perspectives, contextualising the Grand Tour and interpreting the sources.

Subject Coverage

  • Geography
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Literature


Britain, France and Italy including the destination cities of Paris, Geneva, Venice, Rome, Florence and Naples.

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