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Boarding house Parker
London, England

  • August 11, 1874 - October 25, 1874
  • January 1, 1875 - May 15, 1875

Vincent van Gogh’s sister Anna also came to London in July 1874; they lived together at the Loyers’ boarding house. Vincent was delighted by Anna's move:

“I’d like so much to get to know her better than I do, for in the last few years we’ve actually seen very little of each other, and we only half know each other.” Read the complete letter

Soon after Anna's arrival, the siblings moved into a pension in an ivy-covered house at 395 Kennington Road run by John Parker and his wife. Vincent and Anna often went walking together. Anna lived at the Parkers' for a mere two weeks; then she found a job in Welwyn and moved there. Vincent, in turn, was temporarily transferred to Goupil & Cie’s Paris branch. On his return to London in January 1875, he moved back in with the Parkers on Kennington Road. Anna sometimes came to visit but complained about Vincent's mood. In April 1875, Mr and Mrs Parker's thirteen-year-old daughter died of pneumonia. On the same day, Vincent made a sketch of Streatham Common.

Not much more is known about Vincent’s stay at John Parker's pension, since little correspondence from the period has been preserved. Vincent moved to Paris in May 1875 after being transferred to Goupil & Cie’s branch there.


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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