19th Century Grand Tour Collection

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THE 19th CENTURY GRAND TOUR COLLECTION

The Grand Tour was the traditional travel of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means. The custom flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transit in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary. It served as an educationalrite of passage. Though primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, similar trips were made by wealthy young men ofProtestant Northern European nations on the Continent, and from the second half of the 18th century some American and other overseas youth joined in. The tradition was extended to include more of the middle class after rail and steamship travel made the journey less of a burden, and Thomas Cook made the “Cook’s Tour” a byword.

The primary value of the Grand Tour, it was believed, lay in the exposure both to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to the aristocratic and fashionably polite society of the European continent. In addition, it provided the only opportunity to view specific works of art, and possibly the only chance to hear certain music. A grand tour could last from several months to several years. It was commonly undertaken in the company of a knowledgeable guide or tutor. The Grand Tour had more than superficial cultural importance; as E.P. Thompson stated, “ruling-class control in the 18th century was located primarily in a cultural hegemony, and only secondarily in an expression of economic or physical (military) power.”[2]

  1. Pantheon in Rome- early  19th century on antique giallo di Siena marble base
    6 ½ ” high x 8 ¾” x 7” base
  2. Castor and Pollux with horses  from the fountain in front of the Quirinale in Rome – early 19th century
    both bronze statues on antique giallo di Siena marble bases
    8” high x 4” x 4” base EACH
  3. Temple of Sibyl in Tivoli- early 19th century on antique black marble base
    5” high x 3 ½” diameter
  4. Capitaline wolf with Romulus and Remus from the Capitaline hill in Rome- early 19th century
    on antique giallo di Siena marble base
    4” high x 4” x 2 ½” base
  5. Temple of Hercules Victor in Rome- early 19th century on antique giallo di Siena marble base
    5 ½” high x 5 ½” diameter
  6. Temple of Castor and Pollux in Rome – 19th century on antique black marble base
    6” high x 3 ¼” x 1 ½” base
  7. Column in the Roman forum- early 19th century on antique giallo di Siena marble base
    12 ¼” high x 4 ½” x 4 ½” base
  8. Obelisk in the Pincio gardens in Rome-  19th century on antique black marble base
    11” high x 3 ½” x 3 ½” base
  9. Marcus Aurelius on horseback at the Campidoglio in Rome- early 19th century
    11” high x 6 ½” x 4” base
  10. Wrestler from the Vatican museum- 19th century on antique black marble base
    7 ½” high x 4” x 2 ½” base
  11. St. Peter seated from St. Peter’s cathedral in the Vatican- 19th century on antiques red marble base
    8” high x 4” x 4” base