Chromogenic print; copy of albumen silver print.


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Artist
John Burke, British, 1843(?)–1900
Simon Norfolk, British, born Nigeria, 1963
Title
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
Date
December 25, 1879, printed September 2011
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
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
2016.224.74
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist; [Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California]; purchased by Morris Weiner, Houston, 2012; given to MFAH, 2016.