Bameen and Choolghoola.
[London: H. Graves & Co., 1842.]
Tinted lithograph with large margins. Printed area 290 x 380mm (11½ x 15").
A view looking past a group of camping Afghans towards the acropolis of Bamyan. Bamyan has gained infamy as one of the places that the British captives, including Lady Sale and Vincent Eyre, were held after the retreat from Kabul and as the home of the two vast Buddhas dynamited by the Taliban in 2001. From 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson (1780-1852), 'Superintending Surgeon of the Army of the Indus, Bengal Division' during the ill-fated British expedition into Afghanistan (1838-42). A Persian scholar and linguist, Atkinson has been described as 'a Renaissance man among Anglo-Indians'. Because of his languages he met many of the Afghan protagonists, including both Shah Shoojah-ool-Moolk and Dost Mohammad Khan. Fortunately he left the British garrison in 1840 to take another post, thus avoiding the disastrous retreat from Kabul in 1842. In his book 'The Expedition into Afghanistan', also published 1842, he compared the British presence in Afghanistan to Sisyphus rolling his stone up the hill.
Abbey Travel: 508.
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