Signed 'A. Rodin' (on the top of the base)
Inscribed with foundry mark 'Alexis.Rudier Fondeur.Paris' and with raised interior repeat signature A. Rodin
Inscribed with foundry mark Alexis.Rudier Fondeur.Paris
Conceived between 1887-1895; this reduction in 1895; this bronze version cast in 1945.
Along with his older brother Jacques, Pierre de Wiessant was one of the six burghers who offered themselves to King Edward III as a sacrifice to save the City of Calais in 1347. Rodin won the commission to create a monument to commemorate this famous incident in January 1885 on the strength of his initial plaster model completed the previous year.
The commission for Rodin’s monument, The Burghers of Calais, represented a defining point in the civic celebration of the city’s heroic forebears. The monument commemorates the illustrious moment when six of the wealthiest citizens of Calais offered themselves as hostages to the English King, Edward III, who had besieged the city for 11 months.