On arriving in The Hague to work as the youngest clerk of the art dealers Goupil & Cie in 1869, Vincent moved into a boarding house run by Marinus Roos and his wife, Dina Margrieta van Aalst, at Lange Beestenmarkt 32. Vincent paid 34 guilders for room and board, though he initially earned just 30 guilders in his job at Goupil & Cie. His father therefore chipped in 4 guilders a month toward his rent.
During his stay, Vincent came into contact with another guest at the boarding house, Willem Marinus Valkis, with whom he once went rowing and who would later go to work for Goupil. Vincent’s brother Theo stayed at the boarding house from November 1873 through October 1879. Vincent wrote to Theo recommending the Rooses, saying they had always been very friendly to him:
While Theo was staying there, Vincent often asked him to pass on his greetings to the family.