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The first descent through the Koojah Pass

The first descent through the Koojah Pass

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: X614(11)

Item number: 61411

Length: 25

Width: 36.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 11 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson.

The Khojak Pass lies between Quetta and Kandahar and is about five miles long. Emerging from a steep defile, the Army of the Indus made its descent through the pass. Atkinson described it as being "for a considerable distance, very abrupt, precipitous and winding, and the bottom crossed by a torrent, and here the view up to the next position of the pass was most terrific, both as regards its altitude and broken course, about to be pursued in toiling up the summit. The first slope was strewed with dead camels, no less than sixteen lying on one precipitous spot, and the face of the whole acclivities exhibiting similar evidence of the peril which attended the progress of the army. The column here diverged, following different paths, and after much toil and fatigue, accomplished the task".

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