Clara: Rhino superstar and wonder of the Grand Tour

The Arts Society North Bucks

Thursday, 11th April 2019 at 11.00 am
Lovat Hall, Silver Street Newport Pagnell MK16 0EJ

 Brought up as a house pet 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 London in 1758. She was recorded in paintings, prints porcelain, bronze, clocks and even hair styles.

This talk explores the charming story of this magnificent beast, only the third or fourth rhino to be seen in Europe, through contemporary records and works of art. The lecturer is Clive Stewart-Lockhart who has now been working in the fine art world for 40 years. He is Managing Director of Woolley and Wallis, the UK’s leading regional auctioneers, and has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years.

Full details of the lecture on Clara