Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren

Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren

The Onze Lieve Vrouwe toren is the third highest late-medieval tower of the Netherlands. It is more than 98 meters high and stands in the cadastral center of the Netherlands. The tower, which is also called Lange Jan (Long John), can also be climbed. Tickets are available from the tourist information office next to the tower or on the website.The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren (Dutch pronunciation: [ɔnzə ˌlivə ˈvrʌuətoːrə(n)]) (‘The Tower of Our Lady’) is a church tower in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. The late Gothic building is 98.33 metres (322 ft 7 in) tall and reaches high above the inner city. It is one of the most eye-catching monuments in town and the third highest church tower in the Netherlands. The nickname of the tower is Lange Jan (‘Long John’). The church that belonged to the tower was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in the 18th century. It forms the focal point of this drawing. It is often shrouded in mist. The other spire which is in the foreground is the Elleboogkerk and the subject of another drawing I completed earlier this year.  I have used black and blue ink. I always apply the ink with a fine paint brush, I prefer the uneven lines a paint brushes produces – particularly after a couple of cups of coffee. I do not like pencil marks on my drawings so I usually start with a roof sketch and then use this as a guide under the paper I’m using. I work from both observation in the filed and photographs. I’m currently exploring water reflections around Amersfoort City. I have a love of architecture and perspective and find black ink lines very appealing to the eye – my eye. In the future I intend to venture into a little more color – but not too much as I like the strength that monotones produce.

Dimensions: 80 x 58cm (image); 108 x 79cm (paper)


Ink drawing of Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren, Amersfoort by Sarah-Alice Miles




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