Back to top
Brooch featuring Classical ruins
Rome, Italy, 1790-1830
Glass, mosaic and gold
New-York Historical Society, New York, United States

During the 19th century, many wealthy Americans embarked on the European Grand Tour. Classical ruins, Renaissance artworks, and romantic landscapes shaped their imaginations about Europe. Travellers either sent back home, or specially commissioned souvenirs, sometimes of notable sophistication or scale.