The visitors’ book at the British Museum shows that Vincent visited the prints and drawings section on Friday 28 August 1874. In Amsterdam three years later, he recalled a drawing he had seen there, Christ conversing with Martha and Mary. At the time, the work was believed to be a Rembrandt (1606/7–1669); today it is attributed to the circle around the artist. Vincent wrote to his brother Theo about the work:
Vincent greatly appreciated the drawing not only because of its quality but also for its Christian message.