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The National Gallery still exists and is open to the public.

Van Gogh in

The National Gallery

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

Vincent never mentioned the National Gallery in his letters from London, yet it is probable that he visited the museum, as is suggested 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 find art he believed 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).

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Nicolaes Maes, Christus blessing the Children, 1652/3

Nicolaes Maes, Christus blessing the Children, 1652/3

Oil on canvas, 218 x 154 cm

The National Gallery, Londen

John Constable, The Cornfield, 1826

John Constable, The Cornfield, 1826

Oil on canvas, 143 x 122 cm

The National Gallery, Londen

Meindert Hobbema, The Avenue at Middelharnis, 1689

Meindert Hobbema, The Avenue at Middelharnis, 1689

Oil on canvas, 103,5 x 141 cm

The National Gallery, Londen

    Relevant letters from Vincent

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