Willem Roelofs

‘Het Woold Watermill’ at Winterswijk around 1871

Paintings made by artists were made by artists who thought it was enough just to put their monograms on their work. These ‘monogrammists’ considered their art more important than their names. So it was with the painting of the watermill at Woold, a hamlet near Winterswijk. This is a splendid work that shows in detail the watermill in operation.

The Watermill at Woold dates from 1652. This mill belonged to the then Piekenpol manor house, a fortified farmhouse owned by the Eerde tot Pieckepoel family. It was later rebuilt and in 1749 renamed ‘The new mill’. Nowadays this mill is a restaurant. The so-called mill biotope from olden times is still clearly recognizable as deriving from the time of the ‘second’ original watermill. Willem Roelofs has paint this watermill when he was a guest of his relations at Ruurlo 1n 1871.