Queen Wilhelmina (1999) Willem Verbon

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About the artwork

A bronze figure has been in the courtyard of the courthouse on Wilhelminaplein since 1999. Queen Wilhelmina presenting at a seat. The statue was made by sculptor Willem Verbon, who met Queen Wilhelmina several times during the war years. In her one hand she carries a fan as a sign of royal dignity, in the other hand she holds a Bible. On her chest she wears the Grand Cross of the Military William Order. The image refers to the moment in 1948 when Wilhelmina decided to add the words 'Stronger through Battle' to the city arms of Rotterdam. She did this "as a reminder of the courage and strength with which the people of Rotterdam have endured all the trials of the war and the important part that they have taken in the liberation of the country."

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About the artist

Willem Verbon (Rotterdam, 1921-2003) attended classes at the evening academy in the 1930s. Immediately after the war, Verbon was commissioned to create a monument in honor of the Royal Air Force. He was offered a post-graduate scholar ship by the British government and left for London for a few years. In the early years of 50, Verbon returned to Rotterdam, where he moved into a studio in the Oranjeboomstraat. Verbon sculpted various statues and monuments for important people from Rotterdam and members of the Royal Family. A lot of his work can be found in Rotterdam.

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