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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
London, February 1875

Dear Theo,

I have quite filled your little book 1, and I think it turned out well. When you have a chance send me “La Falaise” [The Cliff] by Jules Breton.

Our gallery is ready now and is very beautiful, we have some splendid pictures: Jules Dupré, Michel, Daubigny, Maris, Israëls, Mauve, Bisschop, etc. In April we are going to have an exhibition. Mr. Boussod has promised to send us the best things available: “La Malaria” by Hébert, “La Falaise” by Jules Breton, etc.

How I should like to have you here - we must manage that someday. How I should love to show you my room!

There is a beautiful exhibition of old art here, including: a large “Descent from the Cross” by Rembrandt; 5 large figures in twilight - you can imagine the sentiment; 5 Ruysdaels; 1 Frans Hals; Van Dijck; a landscape with figures by Rubens; “Autumn Evening” by Titian; 2 portraits by Tintoretto; and some beautiful old English art - Reynolds, Romney, and a splendid Old Crome landscape.

Adieu. I shall send you your little book at the first opportunity. Write soon.


  1. A little notebook in which Vincent copied for Theo the poems he liked best.

At this time, Vincent was 21 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written February 1875 in London. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 022.

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