Illustatrations from Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame has been inspiring artists of all kinds since it was first published in 1831.
It has inspired creative types from painters to musician to dancers, to sculptors and more. And being a classic book it has been illustrated by various artists since the beginning.
So let's take a visual tour of the book through illustrations and other drawings of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
(Pictures are more or less in order as they occur in the novel. Also there are a tons more of illustrations from Hunchback.)
Hunchback of Notre Dame Characters - Francois Joseph Aime De Lemud
This illustration was done by Francois Joseph Aime De Lemud and showcases all the characters in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
It's a lovely ensemble piece that really captures the characters' importance, roles, appearances, and their personalities perfectly.
An Illustration of Esmeralda - by Gustave Brion
This picture by Gustave Brion gives a lovely depiction of the novel's leading lady, Esmeralda.
It depicts her as a lovely young girl who dances for the people of Paris with her goat, Djali. There is richness to this illustration that brings the character to life.
It's one of my personal favorite illustrations from the book.
Another image of Esmeralda dancing but an unknown artist.
This one too has her with Djali. This one shows her grace and showcases small feet, which is mentioned in the novel. However since her back is to the viewer it allows the viewer to imagine her facial features more.
Esmeralda - Pyotr Pinkisevich
This painting-like illustration by Pyotr Pinkisevich focuses on Esmeralda and Djali amidst performing for people in front of Notre Dame.
She is less in a dance-pose in this one but Esmeralda also sang so that could what this image is depicting.
The picture as a dream-like quality and shows Esmeralda's importance by making her take up the most space in the image.
Esmeralda Illustration - 19th century
As you might has guessed at this point in this list, Esmeralda and Djali were a popular subject especially pre 1923, when the Lon Chaney movie came out.
This illustration is one is a more inmate moment between the pair. While not as refined as some of the other, the simplicity of the composition is lovely and sweet.
Esmeralda Illustration - 1890
Most likely this illustration it was draw from life using a model.
It's unclear which part of the book is being depicted or the mood. It looks like Esmeralda is in Notre Dame but as she is not dressed as prisoner or a nun she is most likely not in sanctuary yet.
Despite not have a clear sense of where Esmeralda is with relation to the plot, it still a very beautiful illustration that convey Esmeralda's ennui. The pose is just wonderful and the position of her feet is greta.
An Illustration Quasimodo on a Bell
This is an Illustration of Quasimodo on a Bell and is by an unknown artist.
It shows Quasimodo's deformity but also display with his enthusiasm for the bells which in the books were very precious to him and for a time his great loves.
Pope of Fools - L.H de Rudder 1844
This illustration is by L.H de Rudder and depicts the Pope of Fools, where the ugliest face is given the title.
In the book Quasimodo is crowned the Pope of Fools and other versions have changed to King of Fools.
This image has Quasimodo displaying his face to the crowd through a window prior to winning the crown.
Illustration of Quasimodo - Francois Flameng 1885
Much like the previous illustration by L.H de Rudder, this one by Francois Flameng is a close up on Quasimodo's face as he show himself through the window to the crwod.
You can clearly see his bushy hair, huge jagged teeth, his bulbous nose, and his eyes where one is covered and the other is barley invisible.
This depiction is near identical to how Hugo describes Quasimodo in the book.
Quaismodo as the Pope of Fool - Edouard de Beaumont 1844
Edouard de Beaumont captures the parade of the Pope of Fools.
Quasimodo is shown being carried by the people of Paris. It's a very detailed image and you get a sense of the Quasimodo's isolation and lonely even when he is part of a massive crowd.
Phoebus saving Esmeralda from Quasimodo - Aime de Lemud 1844
The plot of the books gets underway when Frollo commands Quasimodo to kidnap Esmeralda and she is saved by the handsome Captain Phoebus.
In Aime de Lemud's illustration we see Esmeralda on Phoebus' horse while Quasimodo tries to pull her off as Frollo runs off.
The scene doesn't play out quite like this in the novel as Quasimodo is arrested by Phoebus' men by the time Esmeralda is on his horse.
But it's a good images that depicts the scene in a nutshell and make it more active.
The Leaders of The Court of Miracles - L.H de Rudder 1844
This picture by L.H de Rudder shows the leader of the Court of Miracles, Clopin; King of Beggars and Slang and the Duke of Egypt.
In novel these are three separate characters but in other versions to simplify matter these three characters get all merge into Clopin since he has more of character in the novel.
Quasimodo on the Pillory - L.H de Rudder 1844
Quasimodo's punishment for kidnapping Esmeralda, interrupting the peace, resisting arrest, and being deaf with. a deaf Judge presiding over his trail is a public whipping on the pillory and an hour of exposure.
Quasimodo's deformity is less accurate in this illustration but you can see the joy the of people which is countered by Quasimodo's pained look.