Vincent van Gogh made many drawings of Adrianus Jacobus Zuyderland when he lived in The Hague. Vincent’s model was a pensioner and war veteran with emotional expressions that interested Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s famous Worn Out / At Eternity’s Gate also portrayed Mr Zuyderland.

Today 139 years ago, on or about 21 December 1882,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from The Hague:

"So I’m now occupied with two large heads of an orphan man, with his white beard and old-fashioned, old top hat. This chap has the sort of old, lively face that one would wish for beside a cosy Christmas fire.”

Orphan man with top hat
The Hague, 1882
Charcoal and crayon on cream wove paper
40 x 24.5 cm
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

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