From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Nuenen, Thursday, 17 January 1884
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b383 b V/1962
Postmark: 17 January 1884.
Lettercard (one 2½-cent, two 5-cent stamps). Postmarks: ‘NUENEN 8-12 V 17 JANV 84’, ‘ARRAS A P[x] / 18 JANV 84’ and ‘PARIS 3 (09) 3 / 8E. 18 JANV 84’. The address reads: ‘Monsieur Th van Gogh/ Maison Goupil & Cie/ B Montmartre/ Paris’.
Vincent wrote two letters to Paris, one shortly after the other, on the same day: one to Theo’s work address and one to his home (letters 423 and 424 respectively). We have reversed the order in respect of De brieven 1990, because in the present letter we read: ‘I’m writing to your rue de Laval address by the same post’, which would seem to indicate that he had not yet done so. In De brieven 1990 this letter was marked as not having been published before; this is incorrect; it has been known since the 1914 edition, under number 352.