Victor Hugo often sent attachments along with his letters. For instance, he sent a few photographs to David d'Angers. The drawing we are here presenting was probably sent to the sculptor along with a letter. Executed around 1851, right before or at the beginning of the writer's exile, this drawing appears to be an album sheet which the artist cut on the right and upper borders, in order to send it through mail.
Victor Hugo represents a capriccio here, with romantic ruins under the moonlight, that he executes from his memories and impressions.
We are thankful to Mr. Pierre Georgel who kindly authenticated this work which will be listed in the catalogue raisonne in preparation.
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