Born in 1738, Clara was destined for success. Before her death at the age of 20 she would tour Europe and be featured in paintings and on posters and medallions.
Getting off to a rough start, her parents were shot when she was only a few weeks old and she was taken in by the Director of the Dutch East India Company. After being adopted by a friend of the director he realized what a sensation she was and quit his job to begin her European tour, introducing her to crowds across the continent who had never seen anything like her.
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By Anonymous (Low Countries) (www.rijksmuseum.nl : Home : Info) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons