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Berlioz Photo Album : Writers and Poet (2)

Unless otherwise stated all pictures on Berlioz Photos pages have been scanned from engravings, paintings, postcards and other publications in our own collection. All rights of reproduction reserved.

 

Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Berlioz’s Huit scènes de Faust and later one of his masterpieces, La Damnation de Faust, were inspired by Goethe’s Faust. Berlioz had read Nerval’s French translation of Faust in 1828. On his visits to Weimar, Berlioz saw Goethe’s town and country houses. See also on this site Berlioz and Goethe – Eugène Delacroix Lithographs and Berlioz and Goethe – Other paintings.
The above carte de visite (CDV) was published in the 1860s. It is in our own collection.

 

Goethe

The above postcard was published in 1900. There is no information on the back of the card about the artist and date of the original portrait.

 

Schiller

Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

Our early 20th century postcard is a reproduction of an engraving showing Schiller in his study, drawn probably in the late 18th or early 19th century. We have not been able to establish who the artist was.

Berlioz’s Les Brigands, composed in 1833, was inspired by Schiller, whom he adored. On his visits to Weimar, Berlioz saw the house where Schiller lived from 1802 until his death in 1805: ‘These two little windows provide air to the miserable attic in which Schiller lived! It is in this modest dwelling that the great poet of noble impulses wrote Don Carlos, Mary Stuart, The Brigans, Wallenstein! That is where he lived as a poor student! (Memoirs )’. 

 

Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Berlioz’s overtures Waverley and Rob Roy MacGregor originated in his enthusiasm for Scott’s Waverley Novels, which he read in French translation during his student days in Paris in the 1820s.
The original painting, by Andrew Geddes (c. 1818), is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

For a comprehensive account of the life and works of Sir Walter Scott please visit the Edinburgh University Library’s remarkable Walter Scott Digital Archive.

 

Walter Scott

The above picture has been scanned from an information document published by the Abbotsford charitable trust; Abbotsford, located in Melrose, Scotland, was the home of Sir Walter Scott.

 

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Berlioz set to music two of Hugo’s poems: La Captive and Sara la baigneuse. A copy of this lithograph by Devéra, which dates from 1829, is in the Musée Hector Berlioz at La Côte Saint-André. See also Berlioz and Victor Hugo on this site.
The image here is courtesy of  Madame Chantal Spillemaecker, Conservateur du Musée Hector-Berlioz, to whom we are most grateful. 

 

Victor Hugo in advanced age

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