A small drawing is actually part of a letter written by Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo. The letter was written on September 17, 1888.
The letter and the reproduction of the drawing have been published repeatedly, inter alia in 1894 in the pages of Mercure de France and by Emile Bernard (Lettres de Vincent Van Gogh, Paris 1911).
From Theo van Gogh's property the card entered to the private collection of G. F. Reber in Barmen, and before 1928 it entered the collection of Max Silberberg in Wrocław. Silberberg offered the card in 1935, with many other artworks at the Paul Graupe's Auction House in Berlin. The drawing entered the London collection Coolidge & Gage afterwards. On December 3, 1958 and on November 13, 1997 the artwork was twice offered on auction at the Sotheby's salon.
On the basis of the Washington Convention also in case of this artwork an agreement has been reached with Max Silberberg's descendants.
Gemälde und Zeichnungen des 19. Jahrhunderts aus einer bekannten schlesischen Privatsammlung und aus verschiedenem Privatbesitz. Auktionshaus Paul Graupe Berlin, 1935 Cat.-No. 38.
Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Prints by modern artists, Leicester Gallery London 1936, Cat.-No. 165.
Jacob Baart de la Faille, The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings, 1928 i 1970, Cat.-No. 1465.
Jan Hulsker, The Complete Van Gogh, 1996, Cat.-No. 1583.
- Dr. Hans-Joachim Hinz