Hugo home is anything but Misérable

Copies of the hangings in the salon rouge replicate the originals

Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s home on Guernsey, has been reopened to the public after an extensive one-year restoration designed to return the house to the way it looked when the author wrote Les Misérables there.

Amazingly to anyone who thinks of him as purely a literary giant, much of the house and the decor was designed by Victor Hugo himself, with intense harmonised colours dominating each room. “He was very aware of it being a work of art,” says Gérard Audinet, the director of ‘Maisons Victor Hugo’.

“It was very much an expression of himself.” He was also a keen photographer and a visual artist (he produced more than 4,000 drawings over his lifetime).

Hauteville House (pictured, left) was the only property Victor Hugo (1802 ...

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