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Streatham Common

Streatham Common still exists and is open to the public.

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Streatham Common

  1. 11 Apr 1875 1875

On 11 April 1875, Vincent van Gogh drew a view of Streatham Common, a large grassy open space in south with woodlands of oaks and Butcher’s Broom shrubbery. 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 since 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

Relevant letters from Vincent

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  1. Martin Bailey

    Young Vincent: the story of Van Gogh's years in England
    London, 1990
  2. Kristine Groenhart en Willem-Jan Verlinden

    Hoe ik van Londen houd: wandelen door het Londen van Vincent van Gogh
    Amsterdam, 2013
  3. Jan Meyers

    De jonge Vincent: jaren van vervoering en vernedering
    Amsterdam, 1989
  4. Ronald Pickvance

    English influences on Vincent van Gogh
    London, 1974