The visitors’ book at the British Museum shows that Vincent visited the prints and drawings section on Friday 28 August 1874. In Amsterdam three years later, he recalled a drawing he had seen there, Christ conversing with Martha and Mary. At the time, the work was believed to be a Rembrandt (1606/7–1669); today it is attributed to the circle around the artist. Vincent wrote to his brother Theo about the work:
“In that room twilight dominates, the figure of the Lord, noble and impressive, stands out gravely against the window through which the evening twilight falls.” Read the complete letter
Vincent greatly appreciated the drawing not only because of its quality but also for its Christian message.