Already in 1772 the wallpaper painter Egbert van Drielst came to Drenthe to acquire Inspiration. His drawings of Zweeloo and of the farmyard Oud Aalden 8 are the eldest known pictures of these villages. His drawings are mainly images of villages, knotted, curved trees and old farmyards. Initially he took his drawings to Amsterdam to convert them to painted wallpapers, but gradually he became famous for the drawings he worked out. The designs he took with him he arranged, whether ordered or not, to a nature view that should provide food for thought to the spectator.