The approach to the Fortress of Kwettah
Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)
This is plate 8 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson. Quetta is the capital of the province of Baluchistan, now in Pakistan. After struggling through the Bolan Pass on their expedition into Afghanistan, the Army of the Indus, led by Sir John Keane, reached the plains near the town of Quetta. Mismanagement of supplies meant that the troops and followers were nearly in a state of mutiny over food.
Atkinson wrote: "Here the state of the Army, for want of supply of grain and ollah became alarming, and although at this place abundant supplies had been promised and expected, it became necessary for the chief military authority, Sir Willoughby Cotton, to reduce the daily rations to one-half, which scanty allowance was continued for nearly three months." Lord Keane and his staff are portrayed in the foreground.