Saturday, March 7, 2015

16C Grand Tour of Towns & Landscapes - London

Georg Braun (1541-1622) & Frans Hogenberg (1535–1590) German topo-geographers.  London

These images of British, European, & Middle Eastern towns come from the century BEFORE The Grand Tour became a popular educational trip for the rich & the intellectually curious of Britain & the European continent.  The custom flourished from about 1660, until the advent of wide-spread railroad travel in the 1840s, when travel became accessible to a larger spectrum of the public. Similar trips across the Atlantic were undertaken from the 2nd half of the 18C, by some affluent South & North Americans.

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