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John Singleton's Grand Tour, 1815-1817


Richard Cargill Cole

John Singleton (c. 1793-1877), a young Irishman and Oxford graduate, kept a detailed journal while making the Grand Tour at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. What he saw on his tour 1815-17 and recorded in his journal was determined largely by what he had read in his extensive library of 621 titles back in Ireland. His journal contains 109 citations, most of them quotations, from 64 different titles in his library. The journal reflects primarily the influence of Lord Byron, but Rousseau, Madame de Staël, Virgil, Milton, Pope, and John Eustace, the most important travel writer of the day, are also significant influences.
Contents: Introduction - Editorial Policy - France, Germany, Austria - The Alps - Northern Italy - Rome - Southern Italy.