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Albert the First and William the Last

Raemaekers, Louis, 1919, Chromolithograph
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Albert the First and William the Last
Albert the First and William the Last
Albert the First and William the Last
Albert the First and William the Last
Library Item
33494
Albert the First and William the Last
"When the sea of German troops broke across Belgium the little country seemed like a castle of sand before the overwhelming flood; so invincible seemed that force, so powerful in its intention to reduce Belgium to a pile of ruins. There were few in the dark days of August 1914 who had the courage to think that Belgium would one day arise from her ashes a greater nation. The feeling for King Albert was one of sympathy, which was reflected in the help rendered to the stricken refugees from Belgium. The King's gallant attitude in refusing to desert his soil was more a gesture of defiance than one of prophecy. But the miracle happened, and the mighty empire that ravaged its weak neighbour has tottered into ruin, taking with it the throne and its holder, Wilhelm of Hohenzollern the Last. For evermore the name of King Albert will stand forth in the annals of Belgium as does the name of King Alfred in the history of England. They were both men of mighty mould."
1919
33 x 26 cm
Art and Design Library
Louis Raemaekaers' drawings are reproduced by kind permission of the Louis Raemaekers Foundation.