Van Gogh ink drawing of Royal Road, Ramsgate

365 Days of Art: April 4 – Van Gogh Writes a Letter About Ramsgate

Vincent Van Gogh, View of Royal Road, Ramsgate, 1876

April 4, 1876

Vincent Van Gogh, temporarily living with his parents in Holland, writes a letter to his brother Theo and discusses his upcoming job as an assistant at a boarding school in Ramsgate, England:

As you know, Ramsgate is a seaside resort. I saw in a book that there are 12,000 inhabitants but I know no more about it.

Two weeks later, after settling there, he sent Theo a piece of seaweed from the shore.

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