Vintage: Victor Hugo’s Funeral (1885)

Vintage: Victor Hugo’s Funeral (1885)


Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement.

Victor Hugo’s death from pneumonia at the age of 83, generated intense national mourning. He was not only revered as a towering figure in literature, he was a statesman who shaped the Third Republic and democracy in France. More than two million people joined his funeral procession in Paris from the Arc de Triomphe to the Panthéon, where he was buried. He shares a crypt within the Panthéon with Alexandre Dumas and Émile Zola. Most large French towns and cities have a street named after him.

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Arrival of Victor Hugo’s coffin at the Pantheon, 1 June 1885

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Arrival of Victor Hugo’s coffin at the Pantheon, 1 June 1885

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Funeral ceremony for Victor Hugo at the Arc de Triomphe, 1885

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Funeral of Victor Hugo, 1 June 1885

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Funeral of Victor Hugo, 1 June 1885

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The funeral procession of Victor Hugo watched by large crowds in Paris, 1885

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The hearse taking the coffin of Victor Hugo of the Arc de Triomphe to the Panthéon, 1 June 1885

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The viewer on the roof

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Hugo on his deathbed, 1885


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