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The Warm South: How the Mediterranean Shaped the British Imagination

Robert Holland


Ever since the age of the Grand Tour in the eighteenth century, the Mediterranean has had a significant pull for Britons — including many painters and poets — who sought from it the inspiration, beauty, and fulfilment that evaded them at home. Referred to as ‘Magick Land’ by one traveller, dreams about the Mediterranean, and responses to it, went on to shape the culture of a nation. This book charts how a new sensibility arose from British engagement with the Mediterranean, ancient and modern. Ranging from Byron's poetry to Damien Hirst's installations, the book shows that while idealized visi ... More

Keywords: Grand Tour, Mediterranean, painters, poets, inspiration, traveller, self-discovery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300235920
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300235920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Holland, author
King's College London