April 2019

Clara: Rhino superstar and wonder of the Grand Tour

Welcome to The Arts Society North Bucks
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:00
Lovat Hall
Silver Street Newport Pagnell MK16 0EJ

This magnificent Indian rhino spent 20 years touring Europe. This talk tells her story, through 18th century records and works of art.

Brought up as a house pet by a Director of the Dutch East India Company in India, from a young age, 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.


Mr Clive Stewart-Lockhart

Clive studied on the Sotheby's Works of Art course and has now been working in the fine art world for 47 years. Until recently he was a Director of Woolley and Wallis, the UK's leading regional firm of auctioneers, in Salisbury, and was a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for 25 years between 1991 and 2016. Has also lectured on cruise ships as well as for many other groups, and recently published a major article in the Journal of the Decorative Arts Society on Betty Joel. He is now an independent art advisor.