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 stored away. In 1860 the four lions were given a new destination and were placed on the new Koningsbrug, which was soon popularly referred to as the 'Vierleeuwenbrug'. One hundred years later - after the King's Bridge was demolished - 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 as a thank you for the defense of the Maas bridges in May 1940. In 2011 this lion was transferred to Amersfoort.

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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.