£3 members/£5 non-members Charles Hope-Weir, second son of the 1st Earl of Hopetoun, embarked on his Grand Tour in 1754 with the architects Robert and James Adam in tow. After some
£3 members/£5 non-members
Charles Hope-Weir, second son of the 1st Earl of Hopetoun, embarked on his Grand Tour in 1754 with the architects Robert and James Adam in tow. After some disagreements, Charles parted from his companions and was left to travel across the continent alone. In this talk, Harry Spain will be following Hope-Weir to Italy, taking in the sights he saw, meeting some other travellers he encountered and, most importantly, taking a look at the unusual collection of sheet music that he collected along the way. This collection shines light on the role music played on the Grand Tour, on the acquisitional behaviour of eighteenth-century tourists, and on how the music Hope-Weir heard in Italy might have made its way back to Edinburgh concert halls.
Harry Spain is currently studying Architectural History at the University of Oxford under Dr Steven Parissien. He formerly studied Music and Art History at the University of Manchester, where he specialised in Grand Tour collections, graduating in 2020. Harry now works as Assistant Archivist at Pusey House, Oxford, and is currently cataloguing and researching the House’s collection of letters and drawings by the architect Temple Moore.
The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.
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