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Grand Tour

Begun in the 17th century, and waning around the mid-19th century, the Grand Tour was a form of cultural education cum rite-of-passage for much of the aristocracy and landed gentry of Europe. In the successive centuries both the popularity of the Tour and the place of the aristocracy have faded in prominence. Yet legacy of the Tour remains immortalized in the works of Caneletto and his followers. The tradition of collecting cityscapes as a sort of large-scale postcard started with the Tour. The cityscapes that remain from this era pay homage to the great legacy of the Tour, and the modern collection of European antiques (ranging from Bronze Mantelpiece Clocks to English Chintz) continues to preserve this tradition and its noble roots.

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