Wednesday, March 4, 2015

16C Grand Tour of Towns & Landscapes - Cambridge

Georg Braun (1541-1622) & Frans Hogenberg (1535–1590) German topo-geographers Cambridge dated 1575.

I love the decorative & practical landscape elements visible in these maps.  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.