Bust of Tollens on pedestal
Height (incl. pedestal): 12.2 inches (31 cm)
Width: 4.5 inches (11.5 cm)
Length: 3 inches (7.5 cm)
Base: 3 x 3 x 0.8 inch (7.5 x 7.5 x 2 cm)
Material bust: neolith (resin)
Material base: neolith (resin)
Weight: 3.4 lbs
Hendrik Tollens, born in Rotterdam on September 24, 1780, was viewed during his life as one of the greatest Burch poets. In his poems he celebrated domestic life and called for loyalty towards God and country. His nationalistic “Wien Neêrlands bloed”(those who have Dutch blood) was the Dutch national anthem for a number of years. His poem “Tafereel van de overwintering der Hollanders op Nova Zembla” (Tableau of the Dutch wintering in Nova ZemblaI) was extremely popular.
Due to the criticism of the “Tachtigers” – a new movement in Dutch literature towards the end of the 19th century – the fame of Tollens waned and his poems were no longer reprinted. Towards the end of the 20th century the cultural and historical importance of Tollens’ work was recognized and interest in his work grew.
After his death in 1856 the city of Rotterdam gave Tollens a statue. The statue on offer is a small replica of this meters-high statue. The original can be found in the park where the Euromast (a large observation tower) is. The original statue was designed by Johan Theodore Stracké. Tollens is depicted with a book in his left hand and a quill in his right hand.