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Victor Marie Hugo

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Victor Marie Hugo, by Honoré Daumier, published 6 September 1849 - NPG D9804 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Victor Marie Hugo

by Honoré Daumier
lithograph, published 6 September 1849
9 7/8 in. x 14 1/8 in. (250 mm x 360 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1978
Reference Collection
NPG D9804

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Victor Hugo was asked to chair the conference, which was organised by the leaders of the Peace Society and Richard Cobden, because of his respected reputation in France as a successful novelist and idealistic member of the Legislative Assembly. Critical of Hugo's use of grandiose rhetoric in his emotive speeches, Daumier undermined his reported eloquence by highlighting his staged mannerisms. 'Victor Hugo, in a speech in three parts, demonstrates the emptiness of military glory, and proves by example that the laurel wreath can be favourably replaced by a crown of roses! Which further allows him to show a new 'forehead effect'.'

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