The Queen’s Cross at the heart of London

14th century picture of Queen Eleanor from Rochester Cathedral Priory © Alamy Stock Photo

London Central

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a Dutch couple exiting Southend Airport asking a train-station ticket salesman: “How to get to London central?” The salesman blanked and instead left the travellers with the advice to travel to Liverpool Street Station, only adding to the confusion. …

The Potato Eaters, Vincent van Gogh, 1885, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Dualism and The End

Note: This is part VI of a series on Vincent van Gogh’s early adult life. You can read each story separately, but if you feel like you’re missing out, check out the other parts.

In 1885, Vincent van Gogh painted his first masterpiece. ‘The Potato Eaters’, features a dinner scene…

Peasant Burning Weeds, Vincent van Gogh, Drenthe October 1883 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam / Drents Museum, Assen

Mystery and Environmental Destruction

Note: This is part V of a series on Vincent van Gogh’s early adult life. You can read each story separately, but if you feel like you’re missing out, check out the other parts.

Idiosyncrasies and Candlelight Plots

From his apartment on the Schenkweg in The Hague, Vincent was looking at a map which…

Vincent van Gogh, “Coke Factory in the Borniage”, 1879, Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Darkness and Teekenlust

Note: This is part IV of a series on Vincent van Gogh’s early adult life. You can read each story separately, but if you feel like you’re missing out, check out the other parts.

The mineshaft Vincent went into, had a bad reputation. Gas explosions, water, collapse- had all caused…

The Road From the City of Destruction to the Celestial City, for John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, 1821, Cornell University library. Print made by W. Jeffreys

Pilgrimage and John Bunyan

Note: This is part III of a series on Vincent van Gogh’s early adult life. You can read each story separately, but if you feel like you’re missing out, check out the other parts.

Ramsgate, Unsettling Happiness

When Vincent was dismissed by Goupil and Cie in April 1876, his family may have felt…

Vincent van Gogh’s grave in Zundert, West-Brabants Archief.

Echo’s and Faith

Note: This is part II of a series on Vincent van Gogh’s early adult life. You can read each story separately, but if you feel like you’re missing out, check out the other parts.

Prologue: A Tiny Grave for Vincent van Gogh

Next to the church in Zundert, lie the remains of Vincent van Gogh, the firstborn child…

Vincent van Gogh, Prisoners Exercising 1890, State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. After Gustav Dore’s “Prisoners’ Round” 1872 depicting the exercise yard at Newgate Prison, London.

Life’s Projects and Brushing Destiny

Note: This is part I of a series on Vincent van Gogh’s early adult life. You can read each story separately, but if you feel like you’re missing out, check out the other parts.

On Vincent van Gogh’s morning walk to work, he crossed the river Thames via Westminster Bridge…

The Alexandra Palace

Interment at the “Ally Pally” and Sylvia Pankhurst

On the hill between Muswell Hill and Wood Green, North London, you will find the impressive Alexandra Palace. Finished in 1873 and originally developed as “Palace for the People” it owes its name to the marriage of Alexandra of Denmark and Prince Edward — later to be Edward VII. Its…

Adam Tyler

I am an actor and political science student. I write about art, politics, history, philosophy, or anything else that keeps me awake at night.

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