The Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh lived in this road for a short period in 1873-74. He lodged at No. 87 with Ursula Loyer, the French widow of a curate. While there, he fell in love with Eugenie, the widow’s daughter who rejected him because she was engaged to someone else.
The well-received 2003 play Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright was based on his time at this address, although the content is largely fictional.