Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
LEOPOLD I: ARTISTIC AND LITERARY CIRCLE OF BRUSSELS
WIENER, Jacques: Belgium, 1851, Bronze, 54 mm
Leopold I (Leopold George Christian Frederick) (1790-1865) was the first King of the Belgians (1831 to his death in 1865),
Alphonse Balat (1818-1905), the architect for the main building of the palais des Beaux-Arts, the interior of which is depicted on the reverse of this medal, distinguished himself in both engineering and architecture. In addition to this building, among his most important works include the reconstruction of the royal palace and the erection of a magnificent residence for the Marquis d'Assche.