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11 June 2019Clara: Rhino Superstar and Wonder of the Grand Tour
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Clara: Rhino Superstar and Wonder of the Grand Tour Clive-Stewart-Lockhart Tuesday 11 June 2019

Brought up as a house pet from a young age by a Director of the Dutch East India Company in India, Clara was shipped to Holland in 1741 and spent nearly 20 years touring Europe as one of the wonders of the age. She visited all the major Courts of Europe including to King Louis XV of France, dying in a pub in the east end of London in 1758. She was recorded in paintings, prints, porcelain, bronze, clocks and even hairstyles. This talk explores the charming story of this magnificent beast, only the fifth rhino to be seen in Europe, through contemporary records and works of art.