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Visiting the statue, by Oswald Wenckebach, of Anton F. Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands: recalling a Dutch tycoon

Updated on September 5, 2012
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Flag of The Netherlands | Source
Statue of Anton Frederik Philips by Oswald Wenckebach near Eindhoven Station, The Netherlands
Statue of Anton Frederik Philips by Oswald Wenckebach near Eindhoven Station, The Netherlands | Source
Garden view of A F Philips's statue, Eindhoven
Garden view of A F Philips's statue, Eindhoven | Source
Map location of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Map location of Eindhoven, The Netherlands | Source

A representation by a noted interpreter of Dutch historical figures

Eindhoven's Anton F Philips (1874-1951) was one of the notable Philips family associated with the Dutch electronics company named for it, which is known worldwide. (Amazingly, this capitalist family par excellence was related to Karl Marx!)

He joined the family firm in 1912 and led the company — Royal Philips Electronics N.V. — from 1922 to 1939. The international status and scope of the company's affairs was undoubtedly enhanced very greatly during Anton Philips's stewardship.

Anton Philips spent World War Two in exile in the United States, Returning to The Netherlands after the war, he died a few years later.

He was known locally as a patron of sports; a nearby sporting arena has been Philips-sponsored.

The statue of Anton F Philips, rugged in its simplicity, stands near the main railroad station at Eindhoven, in The Netherlands's North Brabant (Dutch: Noord-Brabant ) province. Sculptor Oswald Wenckebach (1895-1962)(1) completed his work in 1951.

Sculptor Wenckebach's work on display, and the railroad station near which it stands, are situated in Eindhoven's Stationspein (Station square)(2). Visitors arriving for the first time in the city via its central railroad station, and confronted with the rugged lines of Sculptor Wenckebach's work, are thus left in little doubt as to the profile and prominence of the distinguished personality which it depicts.

June 29, 2012


(1) Sculptor Wenckebach was known as the interpreter of many figures of Dutch history in his representations of them. His works were regularly characterized by a smooth simplicity in their execution.

(2) Visitors seeking out this statue should note that it is located near the central station 'Eindhoven' at Stationsplein , and not at Eindhoven - Beukenlaan station.

Also worth seeing

In Eindhoven itself, the industrial heritage of the city is reinforced by the DAF museum; there is also distinguished ecclesiastical, architectural heritage.

At Oirschot (distance: 18 kilometres) there is a wide variety of recorded wildlife on Oirschot Heath (Dutch: Oirschotse Heide ).


How to get there: Airlines flying to Amsterdam Airport from New York include Delta Airlines and KLM. For North American travellers making the London, England area their base, Eindhoven Airport is served by Ryanair from London Stansted Airport, by VLM from London City Airport, and by Aer Lingus from London Gatwick Airport. The Dutch railroad company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) maintains rail services from Amsterdam to Eindhoven . There is car rental availability at Amsterdam and Eindhoven airports. You are advised to check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

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