Travel journal of Charles Rolleston Poiblí Deposited

Travel journal of Charles Rolleston

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  • IE TCD MS 3820
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  • end -03-1829
  • start -06-1828
  • IE TCD MS 3820 is a hardback notebook kept by Charles Rolleston, dated 26 June 1828- March 1829, and comprising 316 pages. Manuscript note on page ii reads ‘Journal dedicated by permission to Mrs. Charles Rolleston Ireland’. Second manuscript dedication on page iv reads ‘As a mark of his obedience to her wishes, and as a small tribute of affection towards her the following leaves are dedicated to Mrs. Charles Rolleston by her affectionate son – Charles Rolleston’. Charles Rolleston is a young man when he begins his journey from Dublin through England and around Europe, as he writes on the 2nd November 1828 ‘I am this day of age’. Rolleston freely gives his opinions, friendly or scathing, concerning people, places and customs. He admits that painting, sculpture and other artistic works are not of major interest to him. Instead it is natural beauty such as the Jardin des Plantes (France), Mer de Glace (Switzerland), Glacier de Bossons (Switzerland), Mount Vesuvius (Italy) and Italian women that interest him. He attends the opera and ballet throughout France and Italy witnessing such talents as the famous actor Macready (William Charles 1793- 1873) and the bass opera singer Lablache (Luigi 1794- 1858). Rolleston notes how Catholic ornaments, paintings and statues are placed along the roadsides of Italy to watch over travellers. He also gives his opinion on the Roman Catholic Church and its structure especially in Rome. While in Rome he witnesses the death of a cardinal infamous for his gluttony for eating ‘370 oysters amid an immensity of ice so that I rather think it was wisely ordained to give him a long eternity to digest them’. When Pope Leo XII dies ‘a man regretted by but few, a man whose former life was spent in all the vices, and the letter part of it in all the luxuries…he was hated by the Romans’. Rolleston is critical of his travel journal on pages 308- 313 highlighting the often immature observations of his youth. --Page 1: Ireland: Kingston --Page 3: England: Liverpool, London, Brighton --Page 5: France: Dieppe, Rouen --Page 7: France: Paris --Page 8: France: Notre Dame, the Pantheon, the Louvre --Page 10: France: the Luxembourg Palace, Tuileries Palace --Page 12: France: Jardin des Plantes --Page 14: France: Versailles --Page 18: France: Fontainebleau --Page 19: France: Auxerre, Dijon, Poligny Jura --Page 21: Switzerland: Geneva --Page 25: Switzerland: Lausanne --Page 28: Switzerland: Château de Chillon --Page 32: Switzerland: Chamouni (Chamonix) --Page 37: Switzerland: Glacier des Bossons, Mont Blanc --Page 39: Switzerland: Mer de Glace --Page 52: Switzerland: Martigny, Sion, Simplon road --Page 60: Italy: Domodossola --Page 61: Italy: Lake Maggiore, Borromean Islands --Page 66: Italy: Milan --Page 67: Italy: tomb of Carlo Borromeo, Cupola of the Duomo (Milan Cathedral) --Page71: Italy: Ambrosian Library (Biblioteca Ambrosiana), ‘The Last Supper’ --Page 78: Italy: Theatre of Marionettes (Teatro Delle Marionette), La Scala --Page 83: Italy: Pavia, Tortona --Page 86: Italy: Novi (Ligure) --Page 88: Italy: Genoa --Page 90: Italy: Doges Palace (Doge of Genoa) --Page 96: Italy: Lucca --Page 97: Italy: Pisa, the ‘Falling Tower’ (the Leaning Tower), the Baptistry, the Cathedral, the Camposanto --Page 101: Italy: Florence --Page 105: Italy: Medici Chapel, Church of the Annunciation (Santissima Annunziata) --Page 110: Italy: Palazzo Pitti --Page 117: Italy: Accademia di Belle Arti --Page 118: Italy: Sienna (Siena) --Page 120: Italy: Acquapendente, Rome --Page 123: Italy: Lake Albano, tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii, Pontine Marshes --Page 129: Italy: Naples --Page 131: Italy: Pozzuoli, Baia (Baiae) --Page 141: Italy: Posilippo, Lake D’Agnello --Page 144: Italy: Pompeii --Page 150: Italy: Herculaneum --Page 154: Italy: Vesuvius --Page 158: Italy: Rome, St. Peters Piazza, Vatican Museum --Page 167: Italy: Roman Forum, Colosseum --Page 173: Italy: the Pantheon, the Forum, Baths of Caracalla --Page 178: Italy: Barberini Palace --Page 183: Italy: Trevi fountain, Palazzo Colonna --Page 188: Italy: Corsini Palace, Mamertine Prison --Page 194: Italy: Sistine Chapel --Page 224: Italy: the Catacombs, Temple and Circus of Pomulus --Page 251: Italy: Fountain of Egeria --Page 264: Italy: Perugia, Arrezzio --Page 267: Italy: Florence, Bologna --Page 271: Italy: Parma, Piacenza --Page 272: Italy: Turin --Page 282: Maritime Alps, France: Chambéry --Page 284: France: Lyon --Page 288: France: Mâcon, St Georges (Nuits-Saints-Georges), Auxerre, Paris --Page 291: France: the Louvre --Page 294: France: Pére Lachaise --Page 300: France: Calais --Page 303: England: Dover. Please see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library's catalogue entry here:
  • Presented to Trinity College Dublin Library in June 1964.
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  • wove paper
  • Irish
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  • MS3820_001
  • 0029251


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