From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Etten, between about Friday, 15 and on or about Wednesday, 20 July 1881
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b167 V/1962
This letter follows letter 168, because Van Gogh here refers to the Salon catalogue he asked for in that letter (l. 15). Furthermore, it must have been written before Theo’s trip to Etten, which is mentioned as imminent in ll. 2-4 and presumably took place between about 23 July and on or about 31 July (see letter 170, n. 1). This means that the letter must date from several days before Saturday, 23 July 1881, since Theo’s vacation did not start until then. It is also certain that Theo received the letter, because he brought along the ‘Ingres paper’ requested in l. 23.
In 1881 the month of July was warmer than usual, but 14-15 and 18-19 July were especially warm (KNMI). Van Gogh probably wrote the letter on one of these days, since the exceptionally hot weather prevented him from working out of doors (l. 37).