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Outside the city wall at Multan.

Watercolour on paper, inscribed on mount. 180 x 270mm. (7.5 x 11ins). Mounted on page 280 x 380mm. (11 x 15ins). Circa 1850.

Multan was occupied by the British in the Second Sikh War, the Punjab being formally annexed by a proclamation in full durbar on 30 March, 1849.

In nineteenth century India, British officers were often skilled draftsmen, and in their passing out exams were required to show a high level of proficiency. This skill was necessary for the maintenance of miltary logs to which illustration added an extra dimension.

Watercolours and drawings were frequently produced during military manoeuvres, using whatever materials, sketchpads etc. that were immediately to hand. Many have considerable artistic merit and also topographical interest. They were frequently unsigned.

By the same unknown artist and from the same album as: Sikkhi Gate, Multan Fort, Multan; Outside the city wall at Multan; The road to Simla.