My Travels with Clara (Hardcover)

By Mary Holmes, Jon Cannell (Illustrator)

J. Paul Getty Trust Publications, 9780892368808, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2007



A life-size portrait of the famous rhinoceros named Clara is the massive centerpiece of the J. Paul Getty Museum's exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie. In her honor, the Getty has produced My Travels with Clara, a book for children that tells the true story of this five-thousand-pound animal and her owner, an eighteenth-century Dutch sea captain. My Travels with Clara begins in India, where Clara was born, and follows this amazing animal and her owner through their exploits in Berlin (where she met Frederick the Great), Paris (where she was a sensation and inspired rhinoceros hairdos), Versailles (where she met Louis XV and had her portrait painted), Rome (where she lost her horn), and finally Venice (where Clara joined in the annual Carnival). A delightful story for children ages eight and up.

About the Author

Mary Tavener Holmes is an independent scholar from New York who specializes in French eighteenth-century paintings and drawings. She is the author of numerous publications, including Nicolas Lancret: Dance Before a Fountain and A Magic Mirror: The Portrait in France, 1700-1900, with George T. M. Shackelford. Jon Cannell is the owner of Jon Cannell Design and Illustration. He has worked for such clients as Starbucks Coffee Company, Chronicle Books, the Harvard Business Review, and UNICEF.