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The National Gallery
London, England

  • May 19, 1873 - October 26, 1874
  • January 1, 1875 - May 19, 1875

Vincent never mentioned the National Gallery in his letters from London, yet it is probable that he visited the museum, as is indicated, for instance, by recommendations he gave his brother Theo when the latter spent a few days in London in August 1884. Vincent knew the city from his time there in 1873 and 1874 and helped Theo to find art he thought would interest him. Thus, he advised his brother to visit the National Gallery and to look out in particular for the paintings of Meindert Hobbema (1638–1709) and John Constable (1776–1837); he specifically mentioned Constable’s The Cornfield. Another painting Vincent must have seen in the National Gallery is Christ Blessing the Children, then attributed to Rembrandt (1606/7–1669) but now generally recognised as the work of his pupil Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693).


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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