'The Gordon Highlanders: Daybreak in the trenches', 1879

William Skeoch Cumming

'The Gordon Highlanders: Daybreak in the trenches', 1879
2 7 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 19cm

'The Gordon Highlanders: Daybreak in the trenches', 1879.

Watercolour by William Skeoch Cumming (1864-1929), 1886.

In December 1879 temperatures plummeted and there were heavy snowfalls. The 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot defended the eastern perimeter of the Sherpur cantonment outside Kabul against overwhelming odds during its siege and the eventual Afghan attack. It seems likely that the artist here depicts daybreak at the eastern wall of the cantonment on Christmas Eve. Officers scan the horizon to discover that the Afghan tribes have dispersed.

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