'Jellallabad [sic] - Scenes in Camp', 1879.
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A photograph of British artillery at Jalalabad, Afghanistan, taken by John Burke [1845-1900] in 1879. This photograph is from an album entitled 'The Afghan War, Attogk to Jellalabad, Gandamak and Surkhab'. The Peshawar Valley Field Force had eight batteries of Royal Artillery under the command of Colonel W J Williams; a horse battery, a field battery, three heavy batteries and three mountain batteries. A pioneer of photography in India, John Burke began working in Peshawar, as an assistant to the commercial photographer William Baker. Baker took up photography on retiring from the British Army in 1861 and Burke himself had worked as an apothecary in the Royal Artillery. When Baker stopped working in 1873 Burke carried on, recording the evolution of the Indian Raj in the late nineteenth century. Burke accompanied the British army on its advance into Afghanistan during the Second Afghan War of 1878-1879.