Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Dad's drawing

J.C. Miebies J.H. de Langen
My father and mother
My father Johannes Cornelis Miebies (1914-1945) had a certain talent for drawing. I believe he made many sketches but hardly any of those has been saved. Fortunately we still have a number of his pen drawings. For that purpose he used India ink also known as Chinese ink. (In Dutch it is called 'East Indian ink'; this refers to the former Dutch East Indies.)
Together with my mother he visited the German city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on July 26, 1939. There they bought a number of picture postcards. Later he used some of those as an example for his pen drawings. I am glad my mother loved keeping all those travel memorabilia. It is nice to still have those and it enables us to compare the postcards with my father's drawings. So you'll find those below. Also a third illustration which is a Google view of the situation now. 
Klingentor Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany
Klingentor, Rothenburg o/d Tauber
on a 1939 postcard
Klingentor Rothenburg ob der Tauber by JC Miebies
Drawing by J.C. Miebies

Signature and year of drawing
A recent view found on Google
I wrote two more posts about these drawings. They are Tekeningen and Tekeningen (2). Never mind the Dutch, the drawings speak for themselves :)


  1. These are remarkably accurate drawings. thank goodness your mother saved them. This is something else we have in common as you may remember my father loved to paint and draw too.

  2. Ik vind het altijd bijzonder om te beseffen dat gebouwen er al zo vele jaren (onveranderd) zijn, en er ook nog zullen staan als wij er allang niet meer zijn.
    Ook een prachtige pentekening trouwens.

  3. I'm sorry to read your father died so young. I'm glad there is still (part) of his artwork available to remember him by.

  4. @Little Nell
    I certainly do remember that! We are both fortunate to still have these treasures.

    Thank you all for stopping by. I'm sure my father would never have dreamed of his drawings being seen by people all over the world.

  5. Your dad was very talented. I didn't realize either that he lived such a short time. You must have been very young. I suppose his artwork serves as your connection to him.

  6. Very nice drawings Peter. Your dad certainly was talented. Great you've at least got some of his work.
    Are you good at drawing too?

  7. @Wendy
    I have no memories of him.
    @aussie K
    I am afraid not.

    Thanks for your comments.

  8. Het is fijn dat je die tekeningen van je vader nog hebt. Het zijn waardevolle herinneringen die je vast en zeker goed bewaart.

  9. These are really good drawings.


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