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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
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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