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In the summer of 1949 I heard the following details in
Johannes de Looyer (born April 14, 1873) and Karel van
Engeland (born November 10, 1878) told me that as boys they had
hunted bird's nests for Vincent at 10 cents (twopence)
Hendricus Dekkers (born January 26, 1875) told me that he
got 5 cents and for two blackbirds' nests, 10 cents. Once he
received 50 cents for a swallow's nest. Vincent took him along
on walks, and talked a lot with him. He wore blue linen
trousers and a smock, and had a little red chin-tuft; he was
“an ugly creature.”
Vincent had painted his father weaving in the little house
where Dekkers was living now; he was very quick at drawing.
The models portrayed in the B. de la Faille pictures are No.
136: Sien de Groot, No. F 1446: Mieke van Rooy - and one of the
weavers: Toon Swinkels.
V. W. van Gogh, Civil Engineer
At this time, Vincent was 96 year old
V. W. van Gogh. Letter to n/a. Written 1949 in Amsterdam. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number htm.
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