An Afghan Sirdar and a British soldier, 1841 (c)

 
An Afghan Sirdar and a British soldier, 1841 (c)
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

An Afghan Sirdar [officer] and a British soldier, 1841 (c).

Watercolour on Oriental paper, by an Afghan artist, 1841 (c).

This painting is by an Afghan artist and was painted around the time of the 1st Afghan War (1838-1842) for an unknown Afghan patron. It shows a mounted Afghan sirdar with a British soldier. It was found by Major-General Sir (later Field Marshal Lord) Frederick Roberts in Amir Sher Ali's palace in Kabul in October 1879, during the 2nd Afghan War (1878-1880). Roberts was so taken with his discovery that he had two of his officers paint a version with the British and Afghan roles reversed, with a Trooper of the 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers riding alongside a running Afghan soldier.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
110416
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1983-07-11-1

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