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August 16


On this day in 1880 The French state commissioned sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The monumental sculptural group work depicts a scene from "The Inferno", the first section of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture.

In 1921 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia, died. Peter had become head of the Karadordevic dynasty after the death of his father in 1885. After a military coup d'état and murder of King Alexander I Obrenovic in 1903, Peter became King of Serbia. As a king he advocated for constitutional setup of the country and was famous for his libertarian politics.

RODIN (Auguste, 1840-1917, French Sculptor) Autograph Letter Signed to ‘Madame’, in French with translation, saying that he would be “totally and so happy to see you, to pay my respects”, asking her if she is in Paris, to “Tell me your news”, and to accept “my lively and grateful respects”, 1 side 8vo. and conjugate blank, 182 rue de l’Université, [Paris], 11th July 1908, faintest trace of transparent guard in blank area of hinge (Translation) 11th July 1908 182 rue de l’Université Madame, I would be totally and so happy to see you, to pay my respects. Are you in Paris Tell me your news. Accept, Madame, my lively and grateful respects A Rodin 56111

PETER I (1844-1921, the Last King of Serbia and first King of the Serbs, Croats and SLovenes) Fine Letter signed ‘Pierre’ in French, to the President of the Republic of Bolivia telling him about his daughter´s recently celebrated wedding and saying that he reports “to your Excellency about my beloved daughter´s marriage, her Royal Highness Princess Helen of Serbia, to his Royal Highness Prince John Constantinovich, celebrated at Peterhof the 21st August….”, 1 side 4to., Belgrade, 17th September 1911, two small file holes to the left edge, not affecting the text or signature. 38382

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