Jean D'Aire, One of the Burghers of Calais
In late 1884, the city of Calais decided to commission a monument based on the 14th century story in which six leading burghers of the city, by their own self-sacrifice, saved the city from the siege of King Edward III of England. Instead of creating a typical triumphal pyramid, Rodin showed the burghers as they walked to Edwards camp, full of pain and fear, just as six ordinary men would have appeared under the circumstances. Jean dAire was one of the most popular of the six figures and scholars have commented on the personal power and dignity of this particular character. "The Burghers" were finally cast in 1895 and put on display in the city center. Weight 21 lbs.