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Grand Tourlocked

  • John Reeve

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Journey usually through France and then Italy. It was made by the classically educated male members of the northern European ruling class to complete their education, to acquire manners and languages and to attain an understanding of the politics of other countries, their economies, geography and history. Especially from the 17th century onwards, it was undertaken to admire (or pretend to admire) the remains of the Classical past and to collect art and antiquities. The tour originated in the late 16th century and the early 17th, and the term ‘Grand Tour’ was first used in print by ...

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