» Photographers: Auguste Colllard (1812-1897), Charles Marville (1816-1879) and unknown. Destruction and reconstruction of the Vendome Column 1870-1873 and other destruction during the Commune uprising. 19 albumen prints. 22,5 x 32 cm, 34 x 27,5 cm and 24 x 30 cm. Each mounted to contemporary board (some foxing), Collard print with photographer's blindstamp below the image on the mount, Marville print with title and photographer's name printed below the image on the mount. This historic group of photographs shows the vast destruction of Paris such as the burned Hotel de Ville, Palais de Justice, many collapsed buildings, destroyed squares, and a barricade on Le Carrefour de la Croix-Rouge. By order of the Paris Commune and the initiative of Gustav Courbet, the Vendome Column was torn down on May 16, 1871. After the defeat of the Commune, under the reactionary government of Marshall Mac Mahon Gustave Courbet was sentenced to 6 months in prison and had to pay a fine of 500 Francs for his participation in the Paris Commune. After his release, Courbet fled to Switzerland. When the column was reconstructed in1873 the French government fined Courbet for the cost of circa 335,000 Francs for the column's reconstruction in his absence. – Some light foxing spots, minimal surface scuffing/soiling, otherwise in good to very good condition.