During the AD 1700s, Italy had been an essential destination for travellers from northern Europe. Most of these were noble young men on the Grand Tour; others were artists, architects and writers. In the early nineteenth century, some of the more intrepid travellers made their way to Greece and what is now Turkey. Architects in particular gained new inspiration from encountering the physical remains of Greece at first hand rather than through the filter of the Romans. These experiences found expression in a new, Greek, neoclassicism of which the British Museum is one example. Here is a selection of drawings made by travellers in this period.
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