The Second Maquette for the Burghers of Calais

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The Second Maquette for the Burghers of Calais


Andrieu d’Andres, attack, army, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), bronze, burghers, Calais, cast, commemoration, conflict, Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Hundred Years’ War, Jacques de Weissant, Jean d’Aire, Jean de Fiennes, King Edward III of England (1312-1377), King Philip VI of France (1293-1350), maquette, medieval war, model, New South Wales, NSW, Pierre de Weissant, plaster, sculpture, siege, Siege of Calais (1347), surrender, war, warfare


This piece from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection is one of 12 bronze sculptures cast from a plaster sculpture created by Rodin in 1885. The original ‘Second Maquette for the Burghers of Calais’ from which it was cast is currently housed in the Musée Rodin in Paris. The sculpture features six separate figures ranging in size from 60.5cm to 70 cm. Rodin was commissioned in 1884 to produce a monument commemorating the bravery of six Calais burghers who were prepared to sacrifice themselves to save the city’s other citizens when Calais fell to the English King, Edward III, during the Hundred Years’ War in 1347. The figures are Pierre de Weissant, Jean d’Aire, Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Jacques de Weissant, Andrieu d’Andres and Jean de Fiennes. His first maquette features all of the figures on a shared base, whereas the second consists of six separate figures. For more information, see the accompanying notes on the Gallery of New South Wales website:


Rodin, Auguste


Art Gallery of New South Wales: accession number 349.2001.a-f.


Modelled 1885; Cast 1972


Art Gallery of New South Wales


Bronze Sculpture. 6 separate pieces, each measuring between 60.5 and 70 cm.;

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