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My address is c/o Messrs. Goupil & Co., 17 Southampton
Street, Strand, London. You must be eager to hear from me, so I
will not keep you waiting any longer for a letter.
I hear from home that you are living with Mr. Schmidt now
and that Father has been to see you. I certainly hope this will
please you better than your former boardinghouse, and I'm sure
I am very anxious for a letter; write me soon, and tell me
how you spend your day, etc. You must tell me especially what
pictures you have seen lately, and also if any new etchings or
lithographs have been published. Let me know as much as you can
about these things, for I do not see much of them here as it is
only a wholesale house.
Considering the circumstances, I am doing pretty well. So
far the boardinghouse where I am staying pleases me. There are
also three German boarders who are very fond of music, they
play the piano and sing, so we spend very pleasant evenings
together. I am not so busy here as I was in The Hague; I work
only from nine in the morning to six in the evening, and on
Saturdays we close at four o'clock. I live in one of the
suburbs of London, where it is relatively quiet. It reminds me
of Tilburg or some such place.
I spent some very pleasant days in Paris, and, as you can
imagine, I enjoyed all the beautiful things I saw at the
exhibition and in the Louvre and the Luxembourg. The house in
Paris is splendid and much bigger than I had thought,
especially the one in the Place de l'Opera 1.
Life is very expensive here, my accommodation alone costs me
eighteen shillings by week, washing excepted, and then I still
have to take my dinner in the city. Last Sunday I went to the
country with Mr. Obach, my principal, to Boxhill; it is a high
hill about six hours by road from London, partially chalky and
overgrown with box and on one side a wood of high oak trees.
The country is beautiful here, quite different from Holland or
Belgium. Everywhere you see charming parks with high trees and
shrubs. Everyone is allowed to walk there. At Easter, I made an
interesting excursion with the Germans, but these gentlemen
spend a great deal of money and I shall not go out with them in
I was glad to hear from home that Uncle Hein's health is
good. Give him and Aunt my best and tell them something about
me. Give my compliments to Mr. Schmidt and Eduard and write to
me soon. À Dieu, best wishes,
Goupil had three branches in Paris, the main branch was
on the Rue Chaptal, another on Boulevard Montmartre, of
which Theo became the head later on, and a third branch was
on the Place de l'Opera.
At this time, Vincent was 20 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 13 June 1873 in London. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 009.
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