1. Thatched cottages and houses (F 750 / JH 1984 [2908]). Another possibility is Wheatfield with a view of Auvers (F 797 / JH 2003), but the thatched roofs are not the main motif in that work.
[2908] [921]
2. Van Gogh had visited Ville-d’Avray in August 1875 (see letter 40).
3. Louis Dumoulin was represented at the exhibition of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris by eleven works, of which seven had ‘Japanese’ themes and three displayed scenes from other Oriental countries. See exhib. cat. 1890-4, pp. xii-xiii, cat. nos. 313-323, esp. 313, 316-321, with one ill. (The festival of boys and wisteria at Tokyo, p. 71). Van Gogh had seen this exhibition (RM19, n. 6). Nothing has been found about Dumoulin’s supposed stay in Auvers (cf. also letter 877).
4. Van Gogh later added ‘parceque ... çà’ (because I ... for that).
a. Read: ‘habitent’.
5. Marie Sophie Daubigny, née Garnier, the painter’s widow, lived at 24 rue de la Gare (now 25 rue Daubigny) in Auvers-sur-Oise. See exhib. cat. Paris 1988, p. 356.
Marie Alexandrine Daumier, née Dassy (or d’Assy), the widow of Honoré Daumier, was living in 1890 in Valmondois, near Auvers. See exhib. cat. Ottawa 1999, pp. 545, 552, 562-563.
6. For Bargue’s Exercices au fusain, see letter 156, n. 12. For the copies Van Gogh drew after these sheets in Auvers, see cat. Amsterdam 2007, pp. 479-487, cat. nos. 483-485.