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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
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.
That thick Ingres paper I mentioned is especially good for
painting in watercolour, and it is much cheaper than any other.
Still, I am not in a hurry for it because I brought a supply
from The Hague, but alas, it's plain white.
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
I hope things are well with you, a handshake in thought,
Yours sincerely, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 28 year old
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.
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