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f.36' Sketch of ground near Hykulzye, on which the Action took place of the 28th March, 1842 - under Maj Genl England - K.H. with notes about positions.'

f.36'   Sketch of ground near Hykulzye, on which the Action took place of the 28th March, 1842 - under Maj Genl England - K.H. with notes about positions.'

Artist: Boyd, George (1800-1850)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: WD247

Item number: 36

Length: 23

Width: 35.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing taken near Hykulzye by George Boyd (1800-1850) in 1842. This is one of 95 drawings (90 folios), chiefly of landscapes and monuments in the Deccan, West India and Afghanistan, made between 1821 and 1844. Boyd served in the Bombay Infantry from 1820 to 1850 and was mainly employed in survey work. From 1822 to 1831 he was in the Deccan and Satara; in 1835 he was on survey in Kathiawar and in 1839 he was making road surveys in Sind. He was mentioned in dispatches during the war in Afghanistan in 1840 and in 1842 he worked on a survey between Quetta and Kalat.

In the 19th century the British, eager to defend their Indian Empire from Russian territorial ambitions, were involved in campaigns in Afghanistan and the North West Frontier Province (Pakistan). This drawing was taken in the Pisheen Vally at the time of the First Anglo-Afghan war of 1839-42 and includes notes on the positions of the troops.

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