A rocky defile near the Khyber pass (N.W.F.P.)
Artist: Tanner, Henry Charles Baskerville (1835-1898)
Water-colour painting of a rocky landscape near the Khyber Pass (North-West Frontier Province) by Henry Charles Baskerville Tanner (1835-1898), date circa 1878. Inscribed on the back in ink is: 'Near the Kyber Pass?'
The Kyber Pass is a 33-mile long passage which cuts through the Hindu Kush Mountain Range in the North West Frontier Province. It runs between Pakistan and Afghanistan and has long served as an important gateway between northern Asia and the Indian plains; at its narrowest point the pass is only three metres wide. This painting was completed around the time of the Second Afghan War (1878-79) when British Forces battled for control of the pass with Afghan soldiers and tribesmen in the nearby hills.