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The main street in the bazaar at Caubul in the fruit season.

The main street in the bazaar at Caubul in the fruit season.

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: X614(19)

Item number: 614/19

Length: 25

Width: 36.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 19 from "Sketches in Afghaunistan" by James Atkinson. In 1839, the strongest fortress of Afghanistan, Ghazni, having fallen, the Army of the Indus advanced to Kabul, 80 miles north. Dost Mohammad had retreated even further north, abandoning Kabul, so the British had a relatively peaceful entry into the city and enthroned their new Emir, Shah Shuja. Atkinson wrote, 'The entrance into Caubul was by a narrow street, presenting to the view a scene of the most busy description. The numerous shops, little better than sheds, exhibited fruit, not only surprising for its beauty, but for its prodigious abundance...Other articles are also presented for sale. Cooks are preparing kabobs and confectioners sweetmeats; cutlers and farriers, guns, swords, and horseshoes; silk-mercers, dealers in carpets, furs, lace, chintz, saddlery, &c., are all attentive to their several occupations'.

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