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Royal Academy
London, England

  • May 6, 1873 - August 4, 1873
  • June 1, 1874 - June 16, 1874
  • January 4, 1875 - March 13, 1875

During his stay in London, Vincent visited the Royal Academy of Arts several times. The Royal Academy, England’s first art school, not only provided lessons but also staged the annual Summer Exhibition of work by contemporary artists, as it continues to do today. Vincent visited the Summer Exhibition in 1873 and 1874. After the 1874 show, he wrote to his brother Theo about seeing the paintings of the English artist James Tissot (1836–1902). Vincent also attended the Royal Academy’s Winter Exhibition, which was held each year from early January to mid-March. There, he saw works by old masters including Rembrandt (1606/7–1669), Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/29–1682), Tintoretto (1518–1594) and Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641). 


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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