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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
London, 16 June 1874

[Note by Jo Bonger-van Gogh. Before going to Holland, Vincent declared his love to Ursula Loyer, but heard that she was already engaged to be married, so he came home in a melancholy mood.]

Dear Theo,

Thanks for your letter. I intend to leave here on Thursday, June 25, or Saturday, June 27, if nothing interferes. I am also anxious to have a good talk with you about art; think it over and perhaps you will have some questions to put to me. We have many beautiful things here, including a fine picture by Jacquet and a beautiful Boldini.

There are beautiful things in the Royal Academy this year. Tissot has three pictures there. Lately I took up drawing again, but it did not amount to much.

I was glad to see from your letter that you often visit the Haanebeeks. À Dieu, we shall meet soon. My compliments to all the friends.

Ever your brother, Vincent

I am glad you like César de Cock so much; he is one of the few painters who understands our dear Brabant intimately. I do not know if I told you that I met him in Paris last year.


At this time, Vincent was 21 year old
Source:
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 16 June 1874 in London. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 017.
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