Lot 14 of 446:
Bertall portrait of Victor Hugo  

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Portrait of Victor Hugo

Bertall, Charles


Galerie Contemporaine



Mounted Woodburytype. Photograph: 23.7x19 cm (9¼x7½"); sheet: 34.3x24.6 cm (13¼x9½"). Matted.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802-1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic Movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. An iconic photo from the Galerie Contemporaine (1876-84) by Charles Bertall (1820-1882), a high point in photographic publishing. The series contained Woodburytype portraits of leading figures in France by some of the world's leading photographers.

Initially a neo-classical painter and illustrator of Balzac's works, Charles Bertall eventually joined with the renowned photographer Hippolyte Bayard, and opened a photography studio in 1862 specializing in portraits.

Lot Amendments

Photograph: minuscule tear along bottom edge, no loss; mounting sheet toned, hints of foxing in margins.

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