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Letter from V. W. van Gogh to n/a
Amsterdam, 1949

In the summer of 1949 I heard the following details in Nuenen:

Johannes de Looyer (born April 14, 1873) and Karel van Engeland (born November 10, 1878) told me that as boys they had hunted bird's nests for Vincent at 10 cents (twopence) apiece.

Hendricus Dekkers (born January 26, 1875) told me that he got 5 cents and for two blackbirds' nests, 10 cents. Once he received 50 cents for a swallow's nest. Vincent took him along on walks, and talked a lot with him.

Vincent had painted his father weaving in the little house where Dekkers was living now; he was very quick at drawing.

The models portrayed in the B. de la Faille pictures are No. 136: Sien de Groot, No. F 1446: Mieke van Rooy - and one of the weavers: Toon Swinkels.

V. W. van Gogh, Civil Engineer


At this time, Vincent was 96 year old
Source:
V. W. van Gogh. Letter to n/a. Written 1949 in Amsterdam. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number htm.
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/15/etc-435a.htm.

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