This day I have sent to you by book-post 1 drawing, ‘A root in a dry ground’.1 You just let me know what you think of it. Roots2 is very similar to this one but I can’t sent that one neither ‘Sorrow’3 in this manner on a roller, the drawings being mounted on cardboard. With regard to this one I hammered it off in a single day, having studied the same spot and trees for Roots. So it’s been done ‘in one go’ out of doors and hasn’t even been in my studio.
But the paper has been slightly damaged in 2 or 3 places as I worked through it, please have this seen to at once, else it might get worse. I think it wants a grey mount.4 Good bye, hope to hear of you at yr early convenience.


Tuesday evening


Br. 1990: 222 | CL: 196
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: The Hague, Tuesday, 2 May 1882

1. This drawing is not known. With regard to the title, cf. Isa. 53:2: ‘As a root out of a dry ground’.
2. Les racines. Study of a tree (F 933r / JH 142 [2371]).
a. Read: ‘send’.
3. This large version of Sorrow is not known; see letter 222, n. 1.
4. Regarding this advice, probably prompted by reading Edmond and Jules de Goncourt’s Gavarni, l’homme et l’oeuvre, see letter 216, n. 4.