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        The Burghers of Calais

        Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917); French. Medium: bronze. During the 1347 siege of Calais by King Edward III of England, six leading citizens (burghers) offered themselves as hostages in order to save the near starving French city; Edward ordered them to wear a noose and plain clothes while delivering the keys to the city; they were (l-r) Jean de Fiennes, Pierre de Wiessant, Eustache de Saint-Pierre and Jean d'Aire; Provenance: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA / Photo ? Boltin Picture Library. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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