6 January

Theo takes a job with Goupil & Cie in Brussels, 58 rue Montagne de la Cour (FR b1896); he lodges with the Reverend Hendrik van den Brink, 5 place Sainte-Cathérine (FR b2594).

26-27 January

Vincent visits Uncle Cor, the art dealer Cornelis Marinus van Gogh, in Amsterdam. Views his collection of paintings and drawings, and goes to museums, among them the Trippenhuis (4).

15 February

Drafted for military service; the Reverend Van Gogh finds a replacement for him (FR b2604).

2 March

Sees the Dutch contribution to the upcoming World Exhibition in Vienna at the artists’ society Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam (5).

13 April

Spends Easter at home in Helvoirt. Theo is also there (FR b2616-b2617).


Visits the artist J.H. Weissenbruch in his studio in The Hague (125).

12 May

Leaves Helvoirt for Paris (FR b2626), where he stays for several days before his transfer to Goupil’s London branch. Visits the Goupil galleries, the Salon, the Louvre and the Musée du Luxembourg (9).

About 19 May

Starts work at Goupil & Co. in London, 17 Southampton Street, The Strand. His superior is Charles Obach. Finds lodgings in a London suburb, address unknown (9).

During his stay in London he visits the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection and the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) (131361453).

Reads poetry by KeatsMusées de la Hollande by Thoré-Bürger and Cromwell by Lamartine (1215119).

Early June

Theo moves to the Goupil & Cie building at 58 rue Montagne de la Cour, where he lodges with his superior, Tobias Schmidt (9, FR b2632).


Visits the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1213). 

End of August

Moves to 87 Hackford Road, Brixton, where he lodges with Ursula Loyer and her daughter Eugenie (13).

12 September

Views work by Belgian artists at the London International Exhibition (13).


Reads Michelet’s L’amour (14).


Re-reads the poems of Longfellow (14).

12 November

Theo is transferred to Goupil’s branch in The Hague, at Plaats 14. He lodges with the Roos family at Lange Beestenmarkt 32, as Vincent had done before him (16, FR b2674).