In my letter to Uncle Hein I enclose a little note for you.
I wonder if you were in Helvoirt for Mother's birthday and how
you enjoyed it.
Did you get my letter and the lithograph after Weissenbruch
which I put in the box with the pictures? Oh! Old man, I so
want that you come here to see my new lodgings, the one I have
already spoken about to you. I now have a bedroom such as I
always longed for, without a sloping ceiling and without blue
wallpaper with green fringes. I lodge with some charming people
now; they keep a school for little boys.
One Saturday some time ago, I went boating on the Thames, in
the company of two Englishmen. It was glorious.
Yesterday I saw an exhibition of Belgian art, where I
noticed many of the same pictures that were at the Brussels
exhibition. There were several beautiful things by Alb. and
Julien de Vriendt, Cluysenaer, Wauters, Coosemans, Gabriel, De
Schampheleer, etc. Have you ever seen anything by Terlinden? If
so, tell me about it. It was a real pleasure to see those
Belgian pictures; the English ones are with a few exceptions
very bad and uninteresting. Some time ago I saw one which
represented a kind of fish or dragon, six yards long. It was
awful. And then a little man, who came to kill the
above-mentioned dragon. I think the whole represented
“The Archangel Michael, Killing Satan.”
Adieu, boy, best wishes and write soon,
Another English picture is “Satan Possessing the Herd
of Swine at the Lake of Gadarena.” It represented about
fifty black pigs and swine running helter-skelter down the
mountain, and skipping over one another into the sea. But there
was a very clever picture by Prinsep.
Thanks for what you wrote me about the pictures. That
picture by Millet must have been splendid. À Dieu, I
will write soon again.
At this time, Vincent was 20 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 13 September 1873 in London. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 011.
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