The Burghers of Calais
by Auguste RODIN

The Burghers of Calais was commissioned from Rodin in 1884. The plaster model was exhibited in 1889, and the bronze monument unveiled in 1895. It commemorates the burghers of the town who sacrificed themselves to King Edward III in 1347 in order to raise the siege of the town. The movements of the figures vividly express their sense of despair at their imminent death.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
The Burghers of Calais
1884-95
Bronze, 231 x 245 x 200 cm
Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Calais

1106*1400
True Color
200 Kb



The Burghers of Calais
1889
Coated plaster, 231 x 248 x 200 cm
Musée Rodin, Paris

1400*1215
True Color
201 Kb



The Burghers of Calais (detail)
1889
Coated plaster
Musée Rodin, Paris

1040*1500
True Color
140 Kb



The Burghers of Calais (detail)
1889
Coated plaster
Musée Rodin, Paris

830*1015
True Color
98 Kb



The Burghers of Calais (detail)
1889
Coated plaster
Musée Rodin, Paris

806*1015
True Color
125 Kb



The Burghers of Calais (detail)
1889
Coated plaster
Musée Rodin, Paris

800*1015
True Color
119 Kb



The Burghers of Calais (detail)
1889
Coated plaster
Musée Rodin, Paris

1391*1015
True Color
175 Kb



The Burghers of Calais (detail)
1889
Coated plaster
Musée Rodin, Paris

997*950
True Color
124 Kb




Summary of sculptures by Auguste Rodin
The Gates of Hell | The Burghers of Calais
Busts and monuments | Various sculptures