|A favourite with the kids: A Rhinoceros Called Miss Clara, bronze, about 1750. Image from: http://barber.org.uk/german-school/|
One of many stories from the Barber collection:
'Miss Clara' was an Indian rhino whose mother was killed by poachers. As a baby she was adopted by a Dutch sea captain who took her back to the Netherlands in 1741. He happily kept her in his house until she grew too big and then toured her extensively across Europe. There she was a sensation, eagerly viewed by the public and paraded in front of royalty.
Funnily enough, I spied a certain 'celebrity rhino' in one of the images I mounted for the 'Art of Anatomy' exhibition a few weeks back...
|Albinus, Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles, (1749). Image source: Cadbury Research Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/cadburyresearchlibrary/12207300545/|