Vincent van Gogh went to the Westerkerk to hear a sermon by Rev. Jeremie Meijjes (1831–1908), a son of the minister Reinier Posthumus Meijes, whom he had once visited on the advice of his father. He described the younger Meijjes thus:
“Saw him coming from the pulpit and walking through the church after the sermon, and that tall, noble figure and that tired, pale face and that noble head, the hair already showing some grey, made a great impression on me. To be tired in such a way from that work, that is a blessing.”
Vincent would later visit Jeremie Meijjes at home.