This room is dedicated to Auguste Vacquerie (1819-1895), a journalist and writer who was friends with the Hugos. Here, one can feel the typical atmosphere of a bourgeois home from the second half of the 19th Century, and see some traces of Victor Hugo’s political and literary careers.
“The billiards room”
Considered indispensable during the 19th Century, the billiards room still has kept its dark atmosphere propitious to concentration during the game and long conversations. When there is no temporary exhibition, some entertainments and readings can be proposed to the visitor there.
“The pink room”
Childhood is evoked here by the presentation of the Hugo and Vacquerie children:
– Léopoldine, Charles Vacquerie’s future wife;
– Adèle, the youngest daughter, who went insane;
– Charles, their brother, who became a photographer;
– Auguste Vacquerie, the Hugos considered like a third son;
– François-Victor, whose nickname was Toto, was the future translator of Shakespeare’s works.
This room also presents Victor Hugo’s struggle for child protection, as well as the art of being a grandfather, with some special “diligence” and “bad behaviour” cards drawn for his grandchildren.
“The red room”
Victor Hugo would have never denied the dark atmosphere and the Rococo style of this room dedicated to Adèle Foucher, whom he married in 1822.
Juliette Drouet was Victor Hugo’s mistress from 1833 to 1883. She devoted herself completely to their passion, and even sacrificed her own life and career as an actress. Victor Hugo would travel mostly with her, also in Normandy, and she shared all his exiles.
“The white room”
Léopoldine Hugo and her husband Charles Vacquerie are introduced here; so is their life in Le Havre after their wedding and the evocation of the shipwreck (September 4, 1843) related in some letters and newspapers.
“The blue room”
This is a reconstitution of the young couple’s bedroom in Le Havre, made from a watercolour painting that Mrs. Adèle Hugo had ordered to the painter Louis Boulanger, their friend, after Léopoldine died.
Presentation of Victor Hugo’s exile in the Channel Islands after the coup of December 2, 1851, by future Napoleon III, nicknamed “Little Napoleon”. First in Jersey (1852-1855), then in Guernsey (1855-1870). In Jersey, Charles Hugo and Auguste Vacquerie developed their photography workshop, which allowed some high-quality report during their stay.
“The drawing collection”
This is one of the best drawing collections made by Victor Hugo. For its preservation, this collection can only be shown in temporary exhibitions.