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Victor Hugo on His Deathbed [EOL in Art 13]

When the poet, playwright, and novelist Victor Hugo died in 1885, Nadar went to his deathbed to make a final image as a memorial. 

Nadar’s sketch of the death chamber showed that black drapery was tied across a window behind the bed and then to one of the bedposts in order to visually isolate Hugo’s recumbent figure against a somber background. For the photograph, a mirror reflected light back from the window to provide detail in the shadow area. 

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