The Amir. A Dogcart Drive


This pencil drawing by Melton Prior (1845–1910) was published in the Illustrated London News on January 21, 1905 under the title “The Amir’s favour for English ways: A dog-cart drive, one of his Highness’s favourite pastimes.” According to the caption, the artist created the picture from material supplied by an official in the service of the amir, Habibullah Khan (born 1872), the ruler of Afghanistan from 1901 until his death in 1919. In this drawing, the amir is shown driving down a street with an escort of mounted lancers alongside. Prior was one of the leading “special artists” employed by the Illustrated London News in the late 19th–early 20th century. He supplied numerous illustrations of military conflicts in Africa, Asia, Spain, the Balkans, and Crete, as well as of events such as royal tours and marriages. The drawing is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library.

Last updated: January 8, 2018