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Italy & the Grand Tour Professor Jeremy Black BA MA PhD MBE Tuesday 19 November 2019

Jeremy Black graduated from Cambridge with a starred first.  He undertook graduate work at Oxford and taught at Durham from 1980, eventually as professor, before moving to Exeter as professor in 1996. Jeremy has lectured around the world in North America, Australasia, the Far East and throughout Europe. He has appeared on both radio and television, most recently presenting a BBC2 programme on the Industrial Revolution. Other works include studies of maps, tourism and politics. Jeremy has published over 100 books and was awarded an MBE for services to stamp design.


Focusing on the art produced in the eighteenth century by, and for, British tourists to Italy, this lecture concentrates on the cultural response to Italy and the impact of this response, while also devoting full attention to the mechanics of the Grand Tour. The routes followed are considered, the tourists, their costs, accommodation, food and what they saw. Changes in the artistic appreciation and record are also discussed.