Yesterday I assembled some duplicates which I have found
since I sent you the last ones. But all this has nothing to do
with the Graphics, which for the time being I am going
to leave in the condition they were in when I got them,
although I feel strongly inclined to mount the sheets as soon
as I have time and mounting board.
I think you will probably appreciate Régamey's
“Convicts, Outdoor Work.” I'm sorry I have no
duplicates of the other “Convicts” or of some other
sheets representing “A Stroll” and “A
Dinner,” which are surprisingly soberly done, and
possibly even fuller in character than this one. I think
Hopkins's “Boat Race” and “Weather” are
reminiscent of Percy Macquoid, if I may say so. How much
character there is in them, and what a peculiar daylight
Can you guess who did “The First Warm Days”?
Beautiful, isn't it? The little Jules Férats,
“Prisons d'autrefois et d'aujourd'hui” [Prisons of
the Past and Present], harmonize well with the little Renouards
If there should be some among them that you already
have, please return them sometime, but there's no
hurry, of course.
Now I have a duplicate of a large Heilbuth, “Au Bord
de l'eau” [At the Waterside], which has a little figure
of a lady sitting on a log; this detail and the title will
probably enable you to verify whether or not you have it
already. I have not sent it because I feel almost sure
you have it - yet I am in doubt, and it is very beautiful, so
please look it up.
That sheet by Dodd harmonizes quite nicely with Green's
“Signboard Painter.” “Poor Irish
Scholar” is another one by that same M. F. who did the
“Merthyr Tydfil Pawn Office.” However small this
print may be, it's marvelously good, isn't it?
I don't know who did the little Irish sketches
“Arch,” “Cottage” and “Labourer's
Home,” but I think particularly the last one excellent.
Well, this is no more than a few things jumbled together.
I think “Good Friday” is by Barnes. It just
occurs to me that for a long time now I have had a fine
portrait by Corot ready for you; I shall add it to the others
at once. Whenever I have time I rummage among those
Graphics; there are treasures in them
I am writing in a hurry; I have collected these sheets while
tidying up the studio. I hope there will be something that you
will like among them.
Adieu, with a handshake,
Ever yours, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 29 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Anthon van Rappard. Written c. 12 February 1883 in The Hague. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number R26.
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