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Clara's Grand Tour

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Clara's Grand Tour

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Clara's Grand Tour by Glynis Ridley
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In 1741, a young Indian Rhinoceros was captured in Assam and was transported by ship to Europe where she was displayed before everyone from peasants to princes. In an age before railways and modern roads, the three-ton Clara, as she became known, had to travel in an enormous coach drawn by eight horses. For seventeen years she journeyed across mainland Europe and to Britain: she became a favourite of heads of state, including Frederick the Great and Louis XV; she modelled for scientific portraits and etchings; and she inspired poems, songs, fashions and trinkets. Glynis Ridley has brought Clara's tragicomic story vividly to life. Her book is also a portrait of an era that saw the rhinoceros as an object of marvel and a challenge to fundamental philosophical and theological beliefs.

Author Biography

Glynis Ridley was a lecturer in eighteenth- century studies at Queen's University, Belfast. She now lives in Kentucky.
Release date Australia
July 14th, 2005
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Main
Imprint
Atlantic Books
Pages
240
Dimensions
128x197x18
ISBN-13
9781843541479
Product ID
1712809

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