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It Started with a Picture: How I Discovered Clara

In the "Rhino-mania" section of the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie, there is one engraving that means a great deal to me: it is the bizarre image of a human skeleton, standing upright, apparently outdoors, and behind the skeleton there is a rhinoceros grazing contentedly on the grass. I first met Clara through this picture and, as with all good relationships, I can remember every detail of that meeting. It was 1998...

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