f.48 Newspaper cutting. 'Quetta, the most advanced British Military Station towards Afghanistan.'
Artist: Boyd, George (1800-1850)
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
Pen and ink drawing of the military cantonment at Quetta by George Boyd (1800-1850), dated between 1821 and 1844. This is one of 95 drawings (90 folios), chiefly of landscapes and monuments in the Deccan, West India and Afghanistan made during that period. 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.
Quetta is situated beneath the slopes of Murdar in Baluchistan at the northern end of the Quetta-Pishin valley. It lies at an elevation of 5,500 feet above sea level and is an important link on the line of communication with India. The military station was designed by Sir Hugh Barnes in 1881 and laid out on systematic lines of which broad axial roads were a predominant feature.