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Large printed tote bag: Miss Clara the Rhinoceros

Miss Clara Bag

£5.50

Description

This 38 x 42cm tote bag is printed with an image of the celebrated bronze sculpture of Miss Clara the Rhinoceros, which is in the ownership of the Barber Institute.

The price includes postage within the UK. If you require overseas postage, please contact the Gifts & Souvenirs team for a quote.

 

Detailed Description

The 260-year-old sculpture was made in about 1750 and modelled on Miss Clara – a rhino that was shown across the world in the 18th century, when most people had never seen such creatures.

Thomas Bodkin, a former director of Birmingham’s Barber Institute of Fine Arts, paid £575 – about £21,000 in today’s money – for the 45cm (18in) piece in 1942.

But experts believe he got a bargain, revealing it could fetch £200,000 if it went under the hammer.

For more about Miss Clara, please see this Metro Newspaper story.

In case of any queries please contact Angela Smith and Sarah Dugmore:
Email: gifts@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 415 8401