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Turnham Green
Isleworth, England

  • June 24, 1876 - December 20, 1876

In November 1876, Vincent drew a sketch of the church in Turnham Green at the bottom of a letter to his brother Theo. He called it "Mr. Jones's church" because Rev. Thomas Slade-Jones (1829–1883), for whom Vincent worked, was the pastor there. The church had been founded in September 1875 and was built entirely out of corrugated iron, as was not unusual at the time. Vincent regularly attended services and evening readings  there and also taught Sunday school. The situation evidently suited him; he wrote to his brother:

“Oh how I’m looking forward to it, old boy, to make my rounds here and there at Turnham Green when it’s cold.” Read the complete letter

On Thursday 16 November 1876, a month after his first sermon at the Wesleyan Methodist church, Vincent was given an opportunity to preach in Turnham Green. Things evidently went well, for at their next meeting, the church leaders officially took him on as a colleague. With Vincent becoming increasingly involved in the church, a new assistant instructor was hired to take over his duties at Jones’s school, where he had been teaching.


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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