'Cantonments, Candahar', 1879

John Frederick Irwin

'Cantonments, Candahar', 1879
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

'Cantonments, Candahar', 1879.

Watercolour sketch from the disbound album by Lieutenant John Frederick Irwin, 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment.

Kandahar, in south-east Afghanistan, was captured by Lieutenant-General Donald Stewart's force without a struggle on 8 January 1879. Irwin painted this view of the British cantonment in the months that followed when the occupation of the city was relatively uneventful, but following Ayub Khan's victory at Maiwand on 27 July 1880 the Kandahar force was besieged.

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