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Caubul, from a Burying Ground on the Mountain Ridge, North-East of the City.

Atkinson, James (1780-1852).

Tinted lithograph with fine later hand-colour. Wide margins. Approx. 364 x 537mm. (14 x 21ins). July 1842.

From Sketches in Afghaunistan. Atkinson remarks that the burial ground, Kaga-Suffa from which this view of Caubul was taken, was remarkable for neatness, numerous interments and tombs. He describes Caubul as being 'huddled together and bounded on three sides by immense mountains occupying a space of about three miles in circumference with a strongly fortified wall running on the ridges'.

James Atkinson was a doctor, journalist and artist during the Afghan Campaign. In 1833 he became surgeon to the 55th Native Infantry, serving in Kabul between 1838 and 1841. He received drawing lessons from the artist George Chinnery before travelling in Afghanistan, then a little-known country. Watercolour drawings were made 'on the spot' by him as he travelled through Afghanistan and subsequently lithographs based on them were made by Charles and Louis Haghe. They were published in London in 1842. 16 of the original drawings for Sketches in Afghaunistan are in the India Office Library.
Abbey Travel 508 no. 22. J.R. Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue. London 1957.

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