Travel diary of Henry George Quin, 1785-1786 Public Deposited

Travel diary of Henry George Quin, 1785-1786

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 2261/1
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  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
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Date Created
  • end 30-01-1786
  • start 01-10-1785
  • IE TCD MS 2261/1, a hardback travel diary of Henry George Quin from 1 October 1785 to 30 January 1786. The journal was conserved, preserving the original rag woven paper where possible, and given new boards. Comprises 180 folios. Henry Quin begins his journal in Geneva on top of the Glacier des Bossons (Switzerland). He travels through Switzerland and into Italy spending a large portion of his time in Milan, Florence and Rome. Quin is very interested in art spending up to five days at the Gallery (Accademia di Belle Arti) in Florence and re-visiting the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel numerous times while in Rome. He comments on the different accents to be heard in the various Italian towns, the appearance of the ordinary people and of the upper classes and the variety of flavours found in food ‘The sausages of Bologna have a peculiar flavour of garlick [sic] or scallions’. When in Rome the city is hit with very heavy rains and Quin writes how the Tiber has overflowed submerging the Pantheon and the surrounding area. Quin leaves Rome after nearly two months and heads north stopping at Tivoli and it is there that his journal ends. --Folio 2: Switzerland: Geneva, Glacier des Bossons, Chamouni (Chamonix)--Folio 5: Switzerland: Montanvert, Mont Blanc--Folio 7: Switzerland: Martigny, Vallais (Valais)--Folio 8: Switzerland: Bex, Bern, Saint Maurice--Folio 9: Switzerland: Lausanne, Aigle--Folio 12: Switzerland: Geneva, Savoy (Savoie), Aix-les-Bains--Folio 13: Switzerland: Aiguebelle, Moderne--Folio 15: Italy: Turin, Real Castello --Folio 17: Italy: La Venaria (Venaria Reale)--Folio 18: Italy: Piazza San Carlo--Folio 23: Italy: Milan, Milan Cathedral--Folio 24: Italy: Palazzo Belgiojoso--Folio 25: Italy: Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, --Folio 26: Italy: Shrine of Cardinal Borromes (Duomo de Milano)--Folio 27: Italy: Ambrosian Library--Folio 28: Italy: Palazzo Simonetta--Folio 32: Italy: Parma, Piacenza--Folio 33: Italy: Mantua--Folio 35: Italy: Verona--Folio 36: Italy: the Verona Arena--Folio 38: Italy: Vicenza--Folio 40: Italy: Padua--Folio 41: Italy: Venice--Folio 42: Italy: Piazza San Marco--Folio 44: Italy: Doge’s Palace, Hall of the Grand Council--Folio 47: Italy: San Giorgio Maggiore--Folio 49: Italy: Venetian Arsenal, Palazzo Pisani (Moretta)--Folio 51: Italy: Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo--Folio 55: Italy: Padua--Folio 57: Italy: Ferrara, Bologna--Folio 60: Italy: Basilica of San Petronio, The Two Towers--Folio 67: Italy: Florence--Folio 68: Italy: The Gallery (Accademia di Belle Arti), Palazzo Pitti--Folio 77: Italy: Basilica of San Lorenzo--Folio 80: Italy: Laurentian Library--Folio 82: Italy: the Grand Duke’s Cabinet of Natural History--Folio 87: Italy: Sienna (Siena), Radicofani, Viterbo--Folio 89: Italy: Rome, St. Peter’s--Folio 91: Italy: The Pantheon, Titus’ Arch, the Colosseum--Folio 93: Italy: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Basilica di San Giovanni Laterno--Folio 97: Italy: the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel--Folio 102: Italy: Villa Medici--Folio 109: Italy: Villa Borghese gardens--Folio 113: Italy: Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum--Folio 124: Italy: Villa Albani--Folio 140: Italy: Villa Mattei--Folio 142: Italy: Villa Ludovisi, Villa Aldobrandini--Folio 152: Italy: Grotto and fountain of Egeria--Folio 154: Italy: Teatro Capranica--Folio 167: Italy: Tomb of Caecilia Metella--Folio 174: Italy: Baths of Caracalla, Tomb of the Scipios--Folio 175: Italy: Mausoleum of Augustus--Folio 178: Italy: Tivoli
Collection title
  • Quin Collection
  • Presented to the Library of Trinity College Dublin in June 1946 by Dr. T.P.C. Kirkpatrick. Manuscript note on inside front cover reads ‘Diary of Henry Quin 1785- 6 Geneva- Rome. Given me by Richard Quin 1890. J.R. Garstin’.
  • Kirkpatrick, T. P. C., active 1946, Donor
Resource type
  • ink
  • wove paper
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS2261-1_001
  • 0026296


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