Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (7 October 1876) ... weeping
willows beside the Thames.
Tomorrow I shall get for the second time some small salary
for my new work, and with it buy a pair of new boots and a new
hat. And then, with God's will, I shall go fitted out
In the London streets...
Letters from his Parents to Theo van Gogh (1879) ... looks well, except for his
clothes. Pa immediately gave him his cherished new jacket. We
bought him a pair of boots, and he now wears the little summer
coat that I made for Pa's birthday every day. Some of your old
underwear came in useful too, and...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (July 1880) ... It is a pity that people take that amiss.
You know, for example, that I have often neglected my
appearance. I admit it, and I also admit that it is `shocking.'
But look here, lack of money and poverty have something to do
with it too, as well as...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to His Parents (16 February 1881) ... I must tell you another thing that I have done. As I
told you, about a month ago I bought a pair of trousers and a
coat, secondhand. It turned out so well that I bought another
coat and pair of trousers from the same man. It's true that the
first suit would...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (2 April 1881) ... materials and also got myself some clothes. I bought two
workmen's suits of rough black velvet, of that material known
as veloutine. It looks well, and one can wear it everywhere
besides, the suits will be of use to me later, because I shall
want a great...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (c. 18 December 1881) ... I have also paid the model
for a few days. And I needed a pair of shoes, and in short, I
haven't watched every penny I've spent. So I have overdrawn the
200-franc limit, as all told this trip has cost me 90 guilders.
And now I think that Father is rather...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (29 December 1881) ... and painting materials will increase.
I must also try to dress somewhat better.
It is a risky affair, a question of sink or swim. But
someday I should have had to set myself up, so what shall I
say? It has happened sooner than I expected.
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (1-2 January 1882) ... more trustworthy, and what more
can I want? However, Theo, I shall have to dress a little
better now. I know now the direction in which I have to go, and
need not hide myself, so I shall not avoid meeting other people
- neither shall I seek them. Mauve...