Van Gogh in
East Molesey, Surrey
Hampton Court Palace still exists and is open to visitors (an entry fee applies).
Van Gogh in
During his stay in Isleworth, Vincent once visited Hampton Court Palace, the centuries-old Surrey residence of monarchs including Charles I (1600–1649) and his wife, Henrietta Maria (1609–1669). The imposing castle’s history, gardens and collection engaged Vincent’s imagination:
“And I couldn’t help thinking vividly of the people who have lived at Hampton Court, of Charles I and his wife (she was the one who said ‘I thank Thee, God, for having made me Queen, though an unhappy Queen’, and at whose graveside Bossuet spoke from the abundance of his heart.” Read the complete letter
Vincent wrote about his visit in a letter to Theo, enclosing a rook’s feather from the park. He described the beautiful garden, with its long lanes of chestnut and lime trees, and mentioned paintings by artists including Giovanni Bellini (c. 1435/38–1516), Titian (c. 1485/90–1576), Rembrandt (1606/7–1669), Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) and Andrea Mantegna (1430–1506).
Relevant letters from Vincent
Kristine Groenhart en Willem-Jan Verlinden