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Austin Friars
London, England

  • July 1, 1873 - May 31, 1874

Vincent visited Austin Friars, a Dutch church in the City of London, between July 1873 and May 1874. He drew the church and sent the drawing to his sister Anna. Beneath the drawing – probably copied from a postcard – he wrote:

“This little church is a remarkable remnant of an old Augustinian foundation (Austin Friars) dating from at least 1354, if not from 100 years earlier. The Dutch congregation had held its religious services here since 1550, by virtue of a voluntary gift of Edward VI." 

It is unknown whether Vincent attended services at the church, but given his interest in the Christian faith, it is likely that he did.


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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