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The second descent through the Koojah Pass

The second descent through the Koojah Pass

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: X614(12)

Item number: 61412

Length: 25

Width: 36.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 12 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson. In 1839, the combined British and Indian force known as the Army of the Indus advanced to the border of Afghanistan. They reached it by traversing the five-mile long, steep Khojak Pass, to the north of Quetta. The descent into the pass was done in three stages and Atkinson presents us with a spectacular view of each. He writes that this second descent was just as perilous as the first: "threatening equal destruction among the camels, and it was not long before these fears were painfully realized by a great number of the camels falling head-long into the ravines, being unable, from the soft and loose state of the earth, to obtain any secure footing. The column and innumerable camp followers, here took three different routes, and encamped near the bottom of the hills, about two miles distant from the plain of Chumum, where the First Brigade had already encamped."

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