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Om en Bij; Hoge Zand 2-24 (Almshouses)


The Burger Gasthuis was demolished but the almshouses opposite the hospital that Vincent wished to draw still exist and give a good impression of their era. The section of the Brouwersgracht where the Burger Gasthuis stood is known today as the Zuidwal..

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  1. 7 Jun. 1882 1882
     - 1 Jul. 1882 1882

In the spring of 1882, both George Hendrik Breitner and Vincent received treatment for venereal disease at the Burger Gasthuis. Breitner was admitted to hospital first, and Vincent occasionally visited him there, bringing him drawing supplies. Breitner had no idea his friend was ill and did not know of Vincent’s admission on 7 June 1882- he left the hospital without greeting him. Vincent also wanted to draw during his hospital stay, he wrote to his brother Theo:

“I don’t know if you know the ‘gift houses’ on Brouwersgracht opposite the hospital. I’d like to draw there when the weather permits. I’ve already made a few scratches there this week. They’re some rows of houses with small gardens which belong to the poor board, I believe.” Read the complete letter

The almshouses still exist today.

The Burger Gasthuis was founded on Zuidwal in 1823, with 60 beds to serve a population of 40,000. A new hospital building was built in 1865, and it was here that Breitner and Vincent were patients

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