The image was taken with the assistance of Charles Hugo, Victor's son. After his exile from France in 1852, writer and political activist Hugo and his close relatives settled on the Isle of Jersey in September, 1853. To pass the time, Charles Hugo and Auguste Vacquerie began to photograph family members and their surroundings, making over a hundred images between 1853 and 1854, which were collected into family albums. This image was a part of one of those albums. An invaluable historical document.
See: Lebeck, Alles Wahrheit! Alles Luge!, p. 76 and Heilbrun and Molinari, En Collaboration avec le Soleil Victor Hugo Photographies de l'exil, pl.18.
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Sale Price $2,450
Medium Salt print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1853c Print Date 1853c
Dimensions 3-1/8 x 2-9/16 in. (79 x 65 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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