Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Victor Hugo's Octopus, Bearing the Initials V. H.

Via A Journey Round My Skull: Victor Hugo, circa 1866; pen, brush, brown ink and wash on cream paper. It can be found in Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo. [...] Hugo pasted this drawing into his own manuscript of Toilers of the Sea, where it corresponds to the following text:
At night, however, and particularly in the hot season, she becomes phosphorescent. This horrible creature has her passions, she awaits her submarine nuptials. She adorns herself, setting herself alight and illuminating herself; and from the height of some rock she may be seen in the deep obscurity of the waves below, expanding with a pale aureole -- a spectral sun.'


. c h o k l i t . said...

Absolutely stunning!

E.J. Stevens said...

Beautiful drawing!

Love your blog, btw. I just put a link up on my most recent blog post. :)

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