Sketches for Second Series of Views in Afganistan, by James Atkinson, From the Khyber Pass to Kabul
Artist: Atkinson, James (17780-1852)
Front cover an album of 17 pen-and-ink and water-colour sketches taken in Afghanistan by James Atkinson (1780 – 1852) dated 1840. The album was intended to be a sequel to ‘Sketches in Afghaunistan’ by the same artist. 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). Atkinson served as Superintending Surgeon to the Army of the Indus, a combined force of British and Indian troops that marched on Kabul during the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42). Along the way he completed many sketches portraying the military skirmishes of the campaign as well as landscape views and the lives of local people.