From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: London, probably between December 1874 and March 1876
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b21 b V/1962
The dating of this sheet is not at all firm. It is quite possible that Vincent gave it to Theo at Christmas 1874, when they were both visiting their parents (FR b2312), since ‘Kerstmis 74’ (Christmas ’74) is written at the bottom in another hand. Moreover, on 23 March 1876 Vincent sent Theo a copy of The poetical works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (letter 72); if indeed he sent this sheet to Theo, he must have done so before sending the book. We have therefore dated it to between December 1874 and March 1876. Incidentally, Van Gogh copied the first poem, ‘Afternoon in February’, into the second poetry album he made for Theo (end 1874 - early 1875), as well as into Annie Slade-Jones’s guestbook (some time between July and November 1876). See Pabst 1988, pp. 30, 63, 69. In De brieven 1990 this sheet was thought to have been enclosed in letter 28 of 10 August 1874, but we see no reason to support such a dating.