This panel is a study for a very large painting that Isaac Israels will paint in 1883. The colonials his future military KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army). They come from Harderwijk where the Colonial Yard Depot is located. Here are recruited between 1814 and 1909 recruits. they are prepared with a short training of six weeks for their service
in the army. In connection detachment they leave after their training, led by an officer o by train to Rotterdam. The train arrives in the station Meuse. Hence they go through the King Bridge to the Boompjes. There are boarded and they are transported to the distant Dutch East Indies.
On the panel are depicted two lion statues. They belong to the four lions on either side of the King Bridge. Popularly this bridge was called the Four Leeuwenbrug. The bridge was opened on September 24 1860 King William III. The four lions were remnants of the already demolished Hofpoort. In May 1940 the bridge was spared, after the floods of 1953, it is aborted. Three lions are now on Maasboulevard, a fourth at a barracks in Amersfoort.
The painting is a fine example of his military paintings. In the same year, 1882, Isaac painted a large canvas, "Working burial Hunter. In this canvas he gets an honorable mention at the Salon in Paris in 1883. A wonderful start to a young painter.
Joseph and Isaac Israel - Father and son, John Sillevis et al, Gene thinks museum Den Haag, 2008. Picture on page 34.