‘Rue de Royale, Saint-Cloud’
Both stereographs show the damage wrought upon the town of Saint-Cloud following the Franco-Prussian War between 1870 and 1871. The town lies just six miles from the centre of Paris and was occupied by Prussian forces during the Siege of Paris. The Prussians shelled the city from Saint-Cloud and the grounds of the nearby château of the same name. The town was badly damaged and the Royal château, residence of Marie Antoinette in the 1780s, was gutted by fire and later demolished.