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The Dutch presence in India lasted from 1605 to 1825. In 1740, Douwe Mout van der Meer brought Clara, the Indian rhinoceros, on a seven-month sea voyage from Calcutta to Rotterdam. She had audiences with King Frederick II of Prussia and King Louis XV of France and died in 1758 in London after touring most European centres. This case in the exhibition presents “luggage labels” from her lifetime of travelling.

  • 1740 – Calcutta (departure)
  • 1741 – Rotterdam
  • 1741 – Amsterdam
  • 1743 – Antwerp
  • 1743 – Brussels
  • 1744 – Hamburg
  • 1746 – Hanover
  • 1746 – Berlin
  • 1746 – Frankfurt
  • 1746 – Breslau
  • 1746 – Vienna
  • 1747 – Dresden
  • 1747 – Leipzig
  • 1747 – Mannheim
  • 1747 – Strasbourg
  • 1748 – Bern
  • 1748 – Zurich
  • 1748 – Stuttgart
  • 1748 – Nuremberg
  • 1748 – Mannheim
  • 1748 – Würzberg
  • 1748 – Leiden
  • 1748 – Rheims
  • 1749 – Versailles
  • 1749 – Paris
  • 1749 – Marseilles
  • 1750 – Rome
  • 1750 – Naples
  • 1750 – Bologne
  • 1750 – Milan
  • 1751 – Venice
  • 1751 – Vienna
  • 1752 – Ghent
  • 1752 – Lille
  • 1754 – Warsaw
  • 1754 – Krakow
  • 1754 – Danzig
  • 1754 – Breslau
  • 1755 – Copenhagen
  • 1758 – London (death)