As I heard from Father that there is a chance of your being
in Etten next Sunday, and that it would be well for me to be
there also, I start thither today.
So I hope to meet you soon, and am looking forward to it
very much, particularly because I have sketched two drawings at
Rappard's, “The Lamp Bearers” and “The
Bearers of the Burden,” and should like to consult you
about how to go on with them. I must somehow have the necessary
models to finish them, and then I trust the result will be
good, that is, I shall have a few compositions to show to
Smeeton Tilly, or to the editors of L'Illustration or the
So I leave today and am letting you know, so that you will
not look for me in Brussels. I should like to make a few
sketches of the heaths at Etten, which is why I am starting a
few days earlier.
So I hope to meet you soon, and now shake hands with you in
Yours truly, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 28 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 12 April 1881 in Brussels. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 143.
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