Stereoscope slide of Auguste Rodin's sculpture "Les Bourgeois de Calais" or "The Burghers of Calais." Card published c.1900. Calais in modern day France is where one gets hops the Chunnel to cross the channel. Here is the story of the sculpture: After a seige by the English in 1346, Edward III of England won the French port city. For his victory, he asked six prominent men of the town - burghers or bourgeois - to walk through the city in their nightgowns with nooses around their necks, presumably to be hanged. Spared from death by the pleas of a pregnant Queen Philippa of Hainault, the image of this embarrassment was forever memorialized by Auguste Rodin's statue, built between 1884 and 1889. It was a controversial piece then. Rodin's impressionist style was seen as the antithesis of the heroic historicism the conservative town originally commissioned. But in the end there is no such thing as bad publicity, and people flocked to see what all the fuss was about - and some of them bought this slide at the site.
Publisher unknown, c.1900.
Weighs 0.5oz and measures 6 7/8 x 3 3/8 inches.