Letter from Hugo to Pierre-Jean David, aka David D'Angers (1788-1856)

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Autograph letter of reply to David d'Angers whose letter to Hugo has only reached him "on the morning of the ceremony" when he had apparently been too busy to comply with David's request.

Bought from Jean Gaudon on 24 January 1966 for 845 francs, with letters from Hugo to Bérardi and Fillieu, and Mickiewicz.

David d'Angers was a famous Romantic sculptor. He notably made the bust of the most prominent artists and scholars of the period (including Hugo in 1837) and sculptures for the Panthéon and the Père Lachaise cemetery. He was also elected deputy in 1848, but, being a radical Republican, he had to leave to Belgium, then Greece, in December 1851 and only came back to die, in 1856.