discover the places where Vincent lived and worked

South Kensington Museum
London, England

  • May 19, 1873 - September 26, 1874
  • January 1, 1875 - May 15, 1875

During his time in London, Vincent certainly visited the South Kensington Museum (known since 1899 as the Victoria and Albert Museum). The South Kensington Museum was founded in 1852 after the success of the Great Exhibition in 1851 and aimed to make art accessible for everyone. It exhibited mainly applied and decorative art but also works of fine art such as paintings, prints and drawings. On 4 August 1884, Vincent wrote to his brother Theo, then staying in London, to recommend that he visit the museum and view The Valley Farm by John Constable (1776–1837). Theo could not have seen the work in the South Kensington Museum in 1884, however, as the painting was on view there only until 1876.


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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