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Streatham Common
London, England

  • April 11, 1875

On 11 April 1875, Vincent van Gogh drew a view of Streatham Common, a grassy expanse in south London containing oaks and butcher’s broom. He made the sketch on the title page of a book of poetry by Edmond Roche and sent it to his brother Theo. Unfortunately, the work has been lost. On the day he made it, the daughter of his landlord John Parker died of pneumonia. Vincent wrote about the park’s appearance:

“It had rained in the night, and the ground was soggy here and there and the young spring grass fresh and green.” Read the complete letter


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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