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Inscription

lower right in charcoal: V.G.; by later hand, lower right verso in graphite: 8502 B

Provenance

Charles Decrucq, Cuesmes; M.G. Delsaut, Cuesmes; Samuel Delsaut, Cuesmes (sold London, Christie, Manson & Woods, April 14, 1970, no. 42); Armand Hammer Collection, 1970; gift to NGA, 1991.

Exhibition History
1960
Vincent van Gogh, Cuesmes, Belgium, 1960, 8.
1960
Vincent van Gogh, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, 1960, 200.
1970
Exhibited with the Armand Hammer collection from 1970, starting with William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; except Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 1971.
2015
Van Gogh in the Borinage: The Birth of an Artist. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons, 2015, 53-54, 266, no. 41, repr. p. 118 (color).
Bibliography
1927
The Letters of Vincent van Gogh to His Brother, 1872-1886, London, Boston, and New York, 1927, vol.1, pp. 225-28, letter number 137.
1959
Museum Journal (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), ser. 5, no. 4 (Oct. 1959): 80-81.
1969
Marc Edo Tralbaut, Le Mal Aimé, Lausanne, 1969, p. 63.
1970
Faille, Jacob Baart de la. The Works of Vincent van Gogh, His Paintings and Drawings. Revised ed. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff International, 1970.
1985
Bernard, Bruce. Vincent by Himself. London, 1985: 23.