Adal, Hazara, Gundamuck
In the fall of 1878, The Illustrated London News dispatched the Scottish artist William Simpson (1823–99) to Afghanistan in anticipation of a conflict between Britain and Afghan tribal leaders. The British were concerned about growing Russian influence in the region and a possible Russian threat to British India. Fighting broke out in November 1878, precipitating what became known as the Second Afghan War (1878–80). Simpson documented the conflict, but he was also interested in people he encountered and places he visited, especially ancient Buddhist ruins, several of which he excavated. This sketch, dated April 18, 1879, shows Adal, a member of the Hazara ethnic group living in Afghanistan’s central highlands. The drawing is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library.
Type of Item
Ink drawing ; 57 x 38 centimeters
Last updated: September 30, 2016