Vincent mentioned Hyde Park a few times in his letters; it undoubtedly evoked a certain poetic feeling in him. Of the park’s appearance in the early morning, he wrote:
He especially liked Rotten Row, the park’s long bridleway. The name is likely a bastardisation of Route du Roi: the lane was built in 1691 by King William III (1650–1702) as a royal carriage drive between St James’s Palace and his new home, Kensington Palace. In the eighteenth century, the lane became a meeting place for well-to-do citydwellers who went there to ride, see and be seen.
Vincent wrote to his Hague friends Willem van Stockum (1846–1900) and Caroline van Stockum-Haanebeek (1852–1926):