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190 & 198 Strand

It is unknown whether the current building at 190 & 198 Strand is the one that housed The Graphic. If you have more information about its current status, please let us know using the comments form at the bottom of this page.

Van Gogh in

The Graphic

  1. 19 May 1873
     - 26 Oct 1874 1874
  2. 1 Jan. 1881 1875
     - 15 May 1875

The Strand lay in the heart of London, and Vincent van Gogh enjoyed coming to this “nice bit of city” because of the wide range of book and art dealers based there. Goupil & Cie, where he worked, was located nearby. Walking around the area, Vincent often ran into people he knew, and he was able to indulge his passion for books and prints. Around the corner from the Strand was Bookseller’s Row, a group of small streets centred around Paternoster Row and Holywell Street. The printer of The Illustrated London News and The Graphic had its display windows at 190 and 198 Strand, and Vincent went there every week to view the new issues. A decade later, after he had become an ardent collector of prints from the magazines, he wrote to a friend, the artist Anthon Gerhard Alexander van Rappard (1858–1892), about the impression the window displays had made on him:

“The impressions I gained there on the spot were so strong that the drawings have remained clear and bright in my mind, despite everything that has since gone through my head.” 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