Four lions (1778) Johannes Keerbergen

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About the artwork

Commissioned by the city of Rotterdam, sculptor Johan Keerbergen made in 1778 Four lions in front of the obelisk of the new Hofpoort near Hofplein, which was taken into use in 1772. In 1833, the Hofpoort fell victim to a remediation plan and was demolished. The Four lions were put away. In 1860, the four lions were given a new purpose and were placed on the new King's Bridge, which was soon popularly referred to as the 'Vierleeuwenbrug'. A hundred years later - after the demolition of the Koningsbrug - three of the four lions were placed on either side of the Boerengatsluis. Since 1960, one of the lions was given on loan to the Royal Netherlands Army in Ede in May 1940 as thanks for the defense of the Maas bridges. In 2011 this fourth lion was transferred to the barracks in Amersfoort. Due to redevelopment there, the so-called Regimental Lion was moved to the Major General Koot Barracks in Garderen in 2018. There he is placed on the Regimental Apple Place.

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About the artist

Johannes Keerbergen was a Rotterdam sculptor. He made classicistic images. He also designed the Königs organ in the Stevenskerk in Nijmegen.

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