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Kabul (Afghanistan)

Kabul (Afghanistan)

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780-1852)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1839

Shelfmark: WD2405

Item number: 2405

Length: 25

Width: 36.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour sketch of Kabul (Afghanistan) by James Atkinson (1780-1852) between 1839 and 1840. Inscribed on the mount of this picture is: 'Caubul. from a burying ground N.E. of the city.' Atkinson served with the Bengal Medical Service and from 1838 to 1841 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: ‘Kaga-Suffa, from whence this view of the city is taken, is the burial-ground, remarkable for its neatness, numerous interments and tombs. Cabul has no pretensions to beauty, being huddled together and bounded on three sides by immense mountains occupying a space of about three miles in circumference with a strongly fortified wall running on the ridges…’

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