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Scene on the River Sutledge. Near Pauk-Puttun in the Punjab.

Scene on the River Sutledge.  Near Pauk-Puttun in the Punjab.

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: X614(1)

Item number: 6141

Length: 24.8

Width: 36.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 1 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson. Pakpattan is now a district in Pakistan.

The British force in which Atkinson was surgeon entered Afghanistan from the south, marching along the Sutlej river to its confluence with the Indus. Atkinson wrote: "A number of Punjaubees occupy the foreground ... boatmen, in the boats peculiar to the Punjaub, are seen to the left. On the middle bank is a faithful delineation of 'the Persian Wheel' used for irrigating the fields, which is turned by a couple of bullocks, and when in motion, its shrill and squeaking noise may be heard miles off ... At a short distance are two females in crimson dresses, the usual colour in this part, carrying water-pots on their heads, this drudgery, among the lower orders in the East, being usually performed by the softer sex."

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