Quetta, 1880. 752122
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Quetta, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Miscellaneous views, taken in the 1880s. Quetta is situated beneath the slopes of Murdar in Baluchistan at the northern end of the Quetta-Pishin valley at an elevation of 5,500 feet above sea level. The military station was designed by Sir Hugh Barnes and laid out on systematic lines of which broad roads were a predominant feature. This is a general view of the cantonment taken during the Second Afghan War (1878-80). Three wars waged between Britain and Afghanistan to counter the threat to British India from expanding Russian influence in Afghanistan.