• Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Eustache de Saint Pierre - Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Eustache de Saint Pierre

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Signed A.Rodin
Inscribed Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris, with interior raised signature and with apocryphal inscription '2'
Bronze with dark brown patina with lighter green and brown highlights
Height: 18 1/2" (47.4 cm)

Conceived between 1887 and 1903. This example cast between 1930 and 1950. The Comité Rodin states that at least forty casts of this model were produced between 1904 and 1964


The individual figure of Eustache de Saint Pierre was originally conceived in 1887 and then re-modelled in 1895. This reduced version was conceived between 1902-3. This example was cast in between 1930 and 1950 by the Alexis Rudier foundry. The Comité Rodin estimates that at least forty casts of this sculpture were made between 1904 and 1964 by the Alexis Rudier and Georges Rudier foundries.

In 1347 the Hundred Years War was raging between England and France. Jean de Froissart’s Chronicles report that, as Edward III took the city of Calais, he displayed the ‘limit of his clemency’ by condemning six of the city’s most prominent citizens to leave their hometown, stating that ‘with these six I shall do as I please, and the rest I will spare’. These men agreed to meet their fate to save their fellow citizens. They were then spared upon request of the Queen of England, who was moved by their bravery. Five-hundred years later, the recognition of their gesture became the subject of one of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptural groups: TheBurghers of Calais.

The monument is formed of six over-life-size figures from Jean de Froissart’s account. Rodin started working on the first maquette for the piece in 1885, but delivered the finished work only ten years later, in 1895. In this time lapse, he worked extensively on the definition of each character’s stance and facial expression, immortalising the six men as they walk towards the English camp, leaving Calais behind. Due to the sculpture’s success, Rodin decided to cast bronze reductions of five of the figures composing it, namely Pierre and Jacques de WiessantJean de FiennesJean d’Aire and Eustache de Saint Pierre.

Rodin operated few changes to the design of the latter sculpture in the course of its size reduction. These do not detract from the character’s imposing and highly intellectual stance. With his long beard, flowing drapery and rope around his neck, Eustache de Saint Pierre represents a dejected, almost melancholic figure – a personality in grim acceptance of his heroic, yet fatal plight. Eustace, the oldest of the group, is core to the set. According to historical accounts, he was the first to volunteer prepared to give his life on behalf of the people of Calais. In fact, when Rodin first conceived a maquette for the council of Calais, it was in the form of Eustache de Saint Pierre as an individual figure; only later did he hatch the idea for a multiple group.

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