A Boston Brahmin Abroad: George Ticknor, Hispanism, and Dartmouth



Ticknor’s passport used on his last European trip, issued April 22, 1856. We learn from his passport that Ticknor stood 5’8” and had hazel eyes. Having already spent seven years of his life in Europe, he was less enthusiastic about this trip. “As I travel about in places more or less familiar to me … I feel a good deal as a professor emeritus does, who keeps the title, but does none of the work of his place. I call myself a traveler, but fulfill little of a traveler’s duty.”