Black Beauty
ORIGINAL OIL by Linda Besse - 17.5" X 26"

The black rhino, unlike his docile cousin the white rhino, seems to fit Kipling's Just So Story of "How the Rhino got his Skin." Kipling describes how the rhino's skin was filled with cake-crumbs when he took it off to take a bath. And when he came out and put it back on, couldn't get the skin unbuttoned. "So he went home, very angry indeed and horribly scratchy; and from that day to this every rhinoceros has great folds in his skin and a very bad temper, all on account of the cake-crumbs inside."