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My Travels with Clara
My Travels with Clara

Mary Tavener Holmes
Illustrated by Jon Cannell

J. Paul Getty Museum
32 pages, 11 x 8 1/2 inches
33 color illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-880-8
hardcover, $17.95  Order


A life-size portrait of the famous rhinoceros named Clara is the massive centerpiece of the Getty Museum's exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie. In her honor, the Getty has produced My Travels with Clara, a picture 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. 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.

Recipient of an iParenting Media Outstanding Product Award.

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