Metz: Field-Hospital of the Esplanade
Artist/maker unknown, French. Published by P. Didion, Metz, France, acitve late 19th century.
During the Franco-Prussian War, women volunteered to nurse the wounded after the battles waged near Metz, a large city in eastern France. Because of the lack of adequate hospital facilities, tents to house the wounded had to be set up in a public square in Metz near a statue of Marshall Ney, a key military commander under Napoleon I earlier in the century.