Dr Jeremy Brown

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Educational background

2015-2019: CDA PhD, "Maps and the Italian Grand Tour: Meanings, Mobilities and Materialities in George III’s Topographical Collection, 1540-1789"Royal Holloway, University of London and the British Library.
Supervisors: Prof. Veronica della Dora (RHUL)
Peter Barber & Tom Harper (BL)

2014-2015: MA, Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture, Warburg Institute, University of London.
Dissertation: The Historical Vignettes in the Vatican Galleria della Carte Geografiche
Supervisor: Dr Paul Taylor

2009-2012: BA, Classics, University of Cambridge.

Research interests

My thesis is concerned with the use of maps by British Grand Tourists to Italy during the early modern period. Primarily, it studies the cartographic material contained within the British Library’s King George III’s Topographical Collection, which I am helping to re-catalogue. The thesis applies concepts developed in the history of cartography, the history of the book and visual and material culture studies in order to explore travellers’ interactions with maps of Italy. The four thematic chapters detail the numerous and creative ways in which maps were not only put to work by but also influenced British travellers, and demonstrate that maps were a vital presence in the material culture of the Grand Tour. 


My research interests thus revolve around the history of cartography, the history of travel and travel literature, the history of geographical education, Grand Tour studies, and material culture in the Early Modern period.


With a background in Classics and Renaissance art and culture, I am particularly interested in the transmission of the classical tradition into the artistic and intellectual output of later ages. During my Masters at the Warburg Institute in London, I developed an interest in the intersection between painting, topography, and geographical writing, which culminated in an interdisciplinary dissertation on the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican City. 


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the British Library, 2015-2019

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