'Male Figure at Bameean 200ft high', 1842

Lieutenant Vincent Eyre

'Male Figure at Bameean 200ft high', 1842
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

'Male Figure at Bameean 200ft high', 1842.

Coloured lithograph by and after Lieutenant Vincent Eyre, Bengal Artillery, 1843 (c)..

Eyre sketched this view of the Buddhist shrine at Bamiyan during the period of his capture in the 1st Afghan War (1838-1842). The statues were built in the 6th century by the Kushans and overlooked the Silk Road. The figure of Buddha in the centre of the picture is one of the two large figures destroyed by the Taleban in 2001.

The artist's original drawings were made during his captivity in Afghanistan after the Retreat from Kabul during the 1st Afghan War (1838-1842).

From 'Portraits of the Kabul Prisoners', a set of pre-publication coloured lithographs later published by John Murray in 1843.

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NAM. 1950-11-55-29

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