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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Etten, c. 12 October 1881
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"Sketch by Vincent," Vincent van Gogh
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Dear Theo,

As the whole family is writing to you again, I too enclose a little note. I certainly hope you are well, and will be able to find a half-hour to write me again.

Now I will tell you what I have been doing since I wrote you last.

In the first place, two large drawings (crayon and a little sepia), pollard willows - somewhat like the sketch below [Drawings lost].

Then another one, vertical, of the road to Leur [Drawing lost]. I also had a model again a few times, a digger and a basket weaver.

I at once started to make a kind of watercolour, like the sketch below [Painting lost].

[The second sketch in the above picture was drawn here.]

I am very happy to get models. I am also trying to get a horse and a donkey.

Well, you see I am hard at work.

Uncle goes to The Hague tomorrow and will perhaps talk over with Mauve the question of my going up to see him again.

And now adieu. I have walked very far today and am very tired, but I would not let the letter go without enclosing a word.

I hope things are well with you, a handshake in thought,

Yours sincerely, Vincent


At this time, Vincent was 28 year old
Source:
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 12 October 1881 in Etten. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 151.
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/10/151.htm.

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