Johan de Witt (1949) Albert Termote

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About the artwork

The National Life Insurance Bank on the Schiekade, established in the Maas city, was delivered in 1949 by Kees Elffers from Rotterdam. On the street side of the brick building, he places statues of Johan de Witt and Christiaan Huygens, made by sculptor Albert Termote - a specialist in traditional bronze equestrian statues. Although both historical figures have mainly penetrated the national memory as a pensioner and physicist, they are also considered pioneers of insurance mathematics in the seventeenth century. De Witt perfected the probability calculation and Huygens was a great statistician. And with that, the bank made it clear that it had been a carrier of the glorious Dutch entrepreneurial spirit since the Golden Age. (Source: Images. Urban embellishment in Rotterdam since 1940, page 155, 158). In the second half of 1943, Albert Termote had the sketch designs for the images and for the crowning of the main entrance - which represents an emblematic representation of human life - ready. Its implementation was delayed by the halting of construction. It was not until 1947 that the carving of the sculptures made of French limestone could be started. They were completed around July-August 1949. (Source: Statues, monuments and sculptures in Rotterdam, page 85-86).

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About the artist

Albert Termote (Lichtervelde, 1887 - Voorburg, 1978) was a student at the academy in Ghent, among others George Minne and would later teach as Charlotte van Pallandt as a teacher at the Hague academy. He was a traditional sculptor. He made a lot of ecclesiastical art and (equestrian) statues, also often in front of squares in churches. In the The Hague region he received many commissions from Catholic architects from the 1930s. He made many images of saints and in the reconstruction many related assignments in the corner of Wageningen and Limburg.

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