Léopoldine Hugo

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Léopoldine Hugo
Auguste de Chatillon - Léopoldine Hugo.jpg
Portrait of Léopoldine Hugo. Painted by Auguste de Châtillon in 1836, on the day of her first communion.
Born Léopoldine Cécile Marie-Pierre Catherine Hugo
28 August 1824 (1824-08-28)
Paris, France
Died 4 September 1843 (1843-09-05) (aged 19)
Villequier, France
Nationality French
Spouse(s) Charles Vacquerie
Parent(s) Victor Hugo
Adèle Foucher

Léopoldine Hugo (Léopoldine Cécile Marie-Pierre Catherine Hugo; 28 August 1824 – 4 September 1843) was the eldest daughter of novelist, poet, and dramatist Victor Hugo and his wife, Adèle Foucher.

Early life[edit]

Léopoldine was born in Paris, the second of five children and eldest daughter of Victor Hugo and Adèle Foucher. She was named after her paternal grandfather,[1] as was her brother Léopold.

Léopoldine had many suitors, including her future husband, Charles Vacquerie, whom she met while on holiday in 1839.[2]

Later life and death[edit]

She married Charles Vacquerie at Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis on 15 February 1843, but they both drowned together only a few months later, when their boat capsized on the Seine in Villequier on 4 September 1843. She died when her wet, heavy skirts pulled her down, and her husband died trying to save her. This tragic event had a great impact on the work and personality of her father, Victor Hugo. He dedicated numerous poems to the memory of his daughter, notably Demain dès l'aube and À Villequier in Pauca Meae, the fourth book of Les Contemplations.


  1. ^ Graham, Robb. Victor Hugo: A Biography. W.W. Norton, 1997, p. 682.
  2. ^ http://www.hautevillehouse.com/leopoldine.html

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