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Camp and Abattis At Sherpur. 5th Punjaub Infantry. 25th Dec 1879.
Chromogenic print; copy of albumen silver print.
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John Burke, British, 1843(?)–1900Simon Norfolk, British, born Nigeria, 1963
Camp and Abattis At Sherpur. 5th Punjaub Infantry. 25th Dec 1879.This picture was taken two days after one of the fiercest battles of the war. A force of 50,000 Afghans besieged and then attacked the cantonment and were repulsed by the defenders making special use of the new ‘Gatling’ machine guns. Why Burke didn’t photograph the aftermath is a mystery – more than 3,000 Afghan bodies lay on the battlefield.from the portfolio Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan
- December 25, 1879, printed September 2011
- Chromogenic print
- Image: 9 5/8 × 14 15/16 in. (24.4 × 38 cm) Sheet: 15 × 20 in. (38.1 × 50.8 cm)
- Credit Line
Gift of Morris Weiner
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
The artist; [Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California]; purchased by Morris Weiner, Houston, 2012; given to MFAH, 2016.