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The Royal Collection contains a significant body of work by women photographers

Olive Edis (1876-1955)

The Cloth Hall, Ypres 1919

RCIN 2943160

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This photograph depicts The Cloth Hall, Ypres. Once the major trading centre for the Ypres textile industry, a series of attacks between 1914 and 1918 led to the near complete destruction of the Cloth Hall. Only a small section of the structure, illustrated in this photograph, remained. The Cloth Hall thus became an iconic image of the destruction of war, as captured here by Edis.