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Hugo, Victor

    Full Name: Hugo, Victor

    Gender: male

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: unknown

    Home Country/ies: France

    Subject Area(s): architecture (object genre) and sculpture (visual works)


    French romantic author who also wrote about architecture. In 1832 Hugo wrote a book on the famous cathedral in Paris, Notre Dame. Hugo’s publications were the backdrop for a number of important French illustrators. Among Hugo’s favorite was Célestin Nanteuil (1813-73), who provided the frontispieces for the first edition of Notre-Dame de Paris. Later illustrated editions of Notre-Dame de Paris included those by Louis Boulanger and the Johannot Brothers in 1836, Aimé de Lemud (1816-87) in 1844, and Luc Olivier Merson in 1889. Dessins de Victor Hugo a book of his own drawings, appeared in 1862. His chapter “Paris à vol d’oiseau” in Notre dame de Paris was the inspiration for topographical analysis of Georgian architecture by John Newenham Summerson in Summerson’s book of 1946.


    [regarding his influence on Summerson] Middleton, Robin. “John Summerson.” Burlington Magazine 135 (April 1993): 278;


    "Hugo, Victor." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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