Tuesday, 1 March 2016

ABC Wednesday, H for Hauteville House. Victor Hugo

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with H.

Victor HUGO was born in 1802 in Besançon and lived in France for the majority of his life. However, he was forced into exile during the reign of Napoleon III — he lived briefly in Brussels during 1851; in Jersey from 1852 to 1855; and in Guernsey from 1855 to 1870 and again in 1872-1873. There was a general amnesty in 1859; after that, his exile was by choice. Victor HUGO, who was the author of "Les Misérables, and " Notre Dame de Paris" ( The HUNCHBACK of Notre Dame) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. He died on 22 May 1885.
The house where Victor Hugo lived in Guernsey.
When we were staying in Guernsey we saw this magnificent house.

The interior of the HAUTEVILLE HOUSE is from floor to ceiling decorated with a lot of wood work carved by highly skilled wood engravers of the island. Victor HUGO, himself, often made the designs for the wooden panels, the wall paintings and the tapestries on the walls. He bought old furniture, which he dismantled and used for decoration. He had old doors carved and used them as the tops of tables. The house is a unique museum, and worth while seeing, whether you like the interior or not. From March 1862 on, a weekly meal was held in this house for deprived children. He started with twelve, but the number rose quickly to forty.


The Red Drawing Room

The Dining Room

Victor Hugo's Bedroom

The Studio

Thr Blue Drawing Room

The Tapestry Room

We saw this house when we were staying in Guernsey and also admired

    the garden around it.



Anonymous said...

Great house and interesting history about Hugo!

Melody Steenkamp said...

Schitterend Wil, daar wordt een mens toch wel een beetje hebberig van zo af en toe vind je ook niet? Het lijkt wel een droom.... en ik hou van die stijl dus ik zou acuut verhuizen als ik de kans kreeg.

Lieve groet, Melody

Ann said...

I adore Les Mes, seen several productions. It is so nice to see where the author came from and his beginnings. I really like the idea of him re-using pieces to furniture to create new ones. The carvings are so intricate.

Hildred said...

A beautiful home and garden - how nice that you got to see it, Wil.

photowannabe said...

The tapestries and all the woodwork are amazing. Kind of gaudy but the workmanship is wonderful.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful historical post and what a house ! Great photos!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Photo Cache said...

What a awesome house.


Roger Owen Green said...

I LOVE the red drawing room!


Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Did you watch "Les Misérables?

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I didn't watch "Les Misérables", my husband is a scientifically minded person, and doesn't like watching shows. I did watch fiddler on the roof, a treat from my daughter.

I went to one class reunion where I was the teacher when I taught at 19. Some of the students looked older than me.

Shooting Parrots said...

Fascinating, the exterior style of Hautville House is so different from the inside.

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shots from the mansion.

uberrhund said...

One would never guess at the splendid tile work and coffered rooms by looking at the exterior!
Wonderful to see the juxtaposition, thanks for sharing!

Carin Diaz said...

Grand mansions!

Beloo Mehra said...

Thanks for this visual tour of the house of Victor Hugo! Looks quite grand, though I am personally not too sure about all that red in the drawing room :)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Wow! Quite an impressive home. I knew nothing about Victor Hugo. Now I want to learn more about him. Maybe then I'll finally be inclined to read one of his novels.