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Hyde Park
London, England

  • May 19, 1873 - October 26, 1874
  • June 30, 1876 - September 30, 1876

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:

“When daylight came I was in Hyde Park, where the leaves were already falling from the trees and the Virginia creeper was so magnificently red against the houses, and it was foggy.”

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):

“One of the nicest things I’ve seen here is Rotten Row in Hyde Park”

literature

Martin Bailey
Young Vincent: the story of Van Gogh's years in England
London, 1990

Kristine Groenhart and Willem-Jan Verlinden
Hoe ik van Londen houd: wandelen door het Londen van Vincent van Gogh
Amsterdam, 2013

Jan Meyers
De jonge Vincent: jaren van vervoering en vernedering
Amsterdam, 1989

Ronald Pickvance
English influences on Vincent van Gogh
London, 1974

 
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