Burying an Affghan on the height near Caubul.
Artist: Atkinson, James (17780-1852)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
This is a pen-and-ink and water-colour drawing with a man being buried in the foreground and mountain scenery in the background by James Atkinson (1780-1852) dated 1840. Inscribed on the front is: 'Burying an Affghan on the height near Caubul.' The drawing is folio 16 from an album of 17 drawings of views in Afghanistan from the Kyber Pass to Kabul by Atkinson. During the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42) Atkinson served as Superintending Surgeon to the Army of the Indus, a combined force of British and Indian troops. A talented amateur artist, he took the opportunity to complete many sketches en route that portrayed the mountain passes, rocky gorges and arid plains so characteristic of the country.