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Letter from Dr. Jan Hulsker to Maatstaf
Amsterdam, September 1958

In the Dutch literary monthly “Maatstaf” [Criterion] of September 1958 an article was published entitled: “Van Gogh's Dramatic Years in The Hague”, written by Dr. J. Hulsker, Head of the Arts Department of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences in Holland. He has courteously granted permission to use the results of his thorough investigation as to the dating of Vincent's letters. He looked for the relation between expressions Vincent used in connection with indications like: Sunday evening, last Friday, etc. In this way he arrived at the following dates:

Letter Number

Date

191

Not later than 28 April

192

3 to 9 May

193

14 or 15 May

194

From 3 to 9 May

195

1 May

196

2 May

197

From 11 to 13 May

198

From 14 or 15 May

199

From 16 to 26 May

200

From 16 to 26 May

201

From 1 to 3 June

202

27 May

203

31 May

204

1 June

205

3 June

Reading the letters in the following order will lead to a better understanding of events: 191, 195, 196, 192, 194, 197, 198, 193, 199, 200, 202, 203, 204, 201, 205.


At this time, Vincent was 105 year old
Source:
Dr. Jan Hulsker. Letter to Maatstaf. Written September 1958 in Amsterdam. Translated by Unknown, edited by Robert Harrison, number htm.
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/12/etc-322b.htm.

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