France: Île-de-France, Département de Ville-de-Paris
Maxime Lalanne’s etching <I>Le Chambre de Victor Hugo</I> shows Hugo’s bedroom in Hauteville House on the Isle of Guernsey. The distinguished French author of works such as <I>Les Misérables</I> left Paris for political exile after a coup brought to power Louis Napoleon, later Napoleon III. The print was originally published as one of a suite of twelve to accompany a book titled <I>Chez Victor Hugo par un Passant (At Victor Hugo’s House by a Passer-by)</I>. Hugo’s son Charles based his book on the reporting of Edmond Bacot, who visited Hugo in 1862. Lalanne etched this scene after one of the photographs Bacot took.