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Vincent Van Gogh's work at Tate Britain to show London influence

An exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh's work at Tate Britain will show how much the artist was influenced by London.

School children look at 'Sunflowers' (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh lived in London as a young man, between 1873 and 1876.

Curators said he was "daunted to be in the biggest and most modern city in the world, completely on his own".

A visitor takes a photograph of 'Self Portrait' (1887) by Vincent van Gogh during the preview for The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain

He worked as a trainee art dealer while living in Brixton and was relatively affluent but became "radical" and "disillusioned with his job".

During his time living in London, Van Gogh "enjoyed a bit of gardening", had a Dickens-style Christmas, and liked to sketch the River Thames at dusk - but also fell in love and came face-to-face with poverty.

Visitors look at 'Starry Night' (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

He had not started painting but "roamed the streets of London" and was inspired by British writers Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti and Charles Dickens.

I think the idea was sown then, while in London but he didn't become an artist for a few years later. You can see influences (from London) right through to the end of his work.

– Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain director
A visitor looks at 'Trunk of an Old Yew Tree' (1888)

Curators said that the "Van Gogh we know was being born in London" - the artist, who famously cut off his own ear, became "much more melancholy and serious".

Highlights of the exhibition include L'Arlesienne (1890), Starry Night Over The Rhone (1888), Shoes (1886), from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and Sunflowers (1888).

In the final months before he died, after shooting himself, Van Gogh painted Prisoners Exercising (1890), his only surviving image of London, from a print of Newgate prison.

The Ey Exhibition: Van Gogh And Britain will run at Tate Britain from March 27 to August 11.