The Approach to Quetta

This sketch was made during the first Anglo-Afghan war in 1839 when James Atkinson served as the official Superintending Surgeon of the Army of the Indus, a combined force of British and Indian troops. After struggling through the Bolan Pass, the army under Sir John Keane reached the plains near the town of Quetta, capital of the province of Baluchistan, in modern-day Pakistan.


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