Friday 10 February 2023

Pietro Longhi Rhinoceros 1751

 My daughter is at the National Portrait gallery and found this painting interesting.

There is also this one by the same artist.

My brother who is a Rhinoceros aficionado says
"That's Clara the Dutch rhinoceros. She was hand raised in India then brought by a Dutch captain to Europe. She travelled the Rhine on a custom built raft. She responded well to oranges and beer, but her poor diet made her horn fall off. It did grow back eventually. She came to the UK too."

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