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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
London, 21 July 1874

Dear Theo,

Yesterday a box was sent to The Hague, in which I enclosed a photograph of a picture by J. Maris and also, as I promised, “Der Wirthin Töchterlein.” I hope you will put them both up in your room. In the same box is a photograph of a picture by Thijs Maris, for Mr. Tersteeg. Schüller in Paris sent me six copies of both, which I needed for presents; I have none to spare of the Thijs Maris.

Anna and I arrived safely in London and hope we shall find something for her here. I do not say it will be easy, but every day she is here she learns something, and at all events I think there is more chance for her to find something here than in Holland. I find everything again as beautiful as when I saw it the first time. Good luck to you, boy, and give my compliments to the Rooses, Haanebeeks and Carbentuses when you see them. I am learning to swim.

Write to me whether you have already read in Michelet 1 and what you think about it. To me that book was a revelation. À Dieu.

Vincent

  1. L'Amour by Michelet.


At this time, Vincent was 21 year old
Source:
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 21 July 1874 in London. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 019.
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/2/019.htm.

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