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Arghandi (Afghanistan). Guns surrendered by Dost Muhammad Khan in centre secured by Major Cureton and his lancers

Arghandi (Afghanistan).  Guns surrendered by Dost Muhammad Khan in centre secured by Major Cureton and his lancers

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780-1852)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1839

Shelfmark: WD2403

Item number: 2403

Length: 25

Width: 36.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour sketch of Arghandi (Afghanistan) by James Atkinson (1780-1852) dated between 1839 and 1840. Inscribed on the mount of this picture is: 'The village of Urghundee.' Atkinson served with the Bengal Medical Service. From 1838 to 1841 he was in Kabul with the Army of the Indus as Superintending Surgeon. This is one of 16 water-colours depicting the march of the Army of the Indus from Sind to Kabul in Afghanistan via Quetta and Kandahar. These drawings are part of the original set of 24 water-colours from which lithographs were made by L. and C. Haghe for J. Atkinson, 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' (London, 1842).

Atkinson wrote of this scene: ‘To the extreme right of the drawing, at the foot of an immense mountain is the village, and across the valley are ranged the guns, twenty-five in number, of Dost Mahommed Khan, which were abandoned the night previously and afterwards secured by Major Cureton, who had been sent with his Lancers to take them.’

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