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View of the mountain Baba-Naunee, called Kutl-Gahor

View of the mountain Baba-Naunee, called Kutl-Gahor

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: X614(4)

Item number: 6144

Length: 24.7

Width: 36.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 4 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson.

Atkinson accompanied a division of the British Army on their way to Kabul through the desert of Sind. The British forces camped at Rohri on the Indus River. Atkinson wrote: "This drawing was taken from the Kutl-gah, or the Place of Slaughter. In the foreground is a camp-follower asleep, and three Beloochees ... are stealthily approaching him with the intention of committing murder; a piece of ordnance is also introduced, drawn by camels, on the line of march."

There were atleast 30,000 camels and 40,000 camp followers with the army as they made their way through the rugged desert terrain. They came under constant attack from hostile Baluchis, who claimed the desert as their territory.

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