Sukkur, looking towards the fort
Artist: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)
Water-colour painting of Sukkur looking towards the fort by William Robert Houghton (1826-1897) dating to 1879. Written on the reverse is: 'Collectors House, Sukkur, with Railroad, Steamers etc etc.' 'Sukkur. Bukkur & Roree-Sind. March 5/79. W.R. Houghton'. The drawing was loose in an album containing drawings mainly by Gordon Meredith Ray.
Sukkur is situated in the centre of Sind province in modern-day Pakistan. It lies on the west bank of the River Indus opposite its twin town of Rohri. The town has traditionally been of military importance due its location at a strategic crossing point of the river. It was occupied by the British in the nineteenth century as part of their route to the Bolan Pass in Baluchistan. In 1845 an outbreak of ‘jungle fever’ among the 78th Highlanders killed 500 men, women and children and the town consequently was abandoned.