William Simpson s Afghanistan

This edition of the diary benefits from an extensive introduction and appendices.

William Simpson s Afghanistan

Author: Peter Harrington

Publisher: Helion & Company Limited

ISBN: 9781909982802

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'Left London, on a journey with Kabool as my objective via Brindisi and Bombay'. With these words written on Tuesday October 15, 1878, the Scottish artist William Simpson (1823-1899), commenced a daily journal which he later entitled Diary of a Journey to Afghanistan during the Campaign of 1878-79. Simpson was no stranger to the life of a 'special' having previously covered military campaigns in Abyssinia, France, and California on behalf of his employer, the Illustrated London News. Earlier, his efforts in the Crimean War had already established his reputation for accuracy and an eye for detail. As an 'embedded' artist with the Peshawar Valley Field Force, Simpson recorded the events leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Gandamak in May 1879 which brought the first phase of the Second Afghan War to a close. During his six months in Afghanistan, he sent back numerous sketches, drawings and watercolors accompanied by detailed captions to his newspaper in London. This period could be described as a 'phony war' as the British waited for the various tribal leaders to come into camp in Jalalabad and swear their allegiance to the British Government. The inactivity of the army with only the occasional punitive expedition to alleviate the boredom allowed Simpson to pursue his antiquarian interests by exploring caves and excavating several ancient Buddhist burial monuments known as stupas. In addition to the finely detailed and exquisite pictures, Simpson's diary contains accounts of his studies of these ancient sites as well as commentaries on the people and places he observed. Upon his return to England, he collected all his original sketches, drawings and watercolors sent to 'News and mounted them in two large albums, one dealing with the war, the people and the country, the other containing all his archaeological pictures. The diary paints a rare picture of the life of a 19th century 'special' artist in a war zone and the mechanics and editorial decisions that went into the pictorial coverage of a colonial war. It also offers a unique insight into early colonial archaeology undertaken by Simpson and a number of British officers while on campaign continuing the tradition of oriental scholarship among army officials. While much of this revolved around 'treasure hunting' Simpson went beyond this to understand the Buddhist culture that created the many monuments surrounding the Jalalabad Valley. This edition of the diary benefits from an extensive introduction and appendices.

Kipling and Afghanistan

Peter Harrington was preparing a study of William Simpson, the artist with the
ABC. Harrington had contacted the great-grandson of Simpson in Australia, who
possessed Simpson's diary of the Second Afghan War. Harrington was able to ...

Kipling and Afghanistan

Author: Neil K. Moran

Publisher: McFarland

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"Kipling became the voice of the eastern British Empire, and his writing covered Central Asia. Kipling drew inspiration from working with far-flung correspondents at the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore, Pakistan. One of his chief correspondents was D

Global Dawn

S . Wells Williams , “ Afghanistan and the English , ” NEYR 38 ( 1879 ) , 110 ;
William Simpson , “ With the Afghan Boundary Commission , ” AM 59 ( March
1886 ) , 601 ; “ An American in Turkistan , " Scribner ' s 13 ( 1876 ) , 223 ; Thomas
W ...

Global Dawn

Author: Frank A Ninkovich

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674035041

Page: 428

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Why did the United States become a global power? Frank Ninkovich shows that a cultural predisposition for thinking in global terms blossomed in the late nineteenth century, making possible the rise to world power as American liberals of the time took a wide-ranging interest in the world. Of little practical significance during a period when isolationism reigned supreme in U.S. foreign policy, this rich body of thought would become the cultural foundation of twentieth-century American internationalism.

History of Central Asia The 4 volume set

William Simpson's Afghanistan: Travels of a Special Artist and Antiquarian During
the Second Afghan War, 1878–1879 (Solihull: Helion, 2016). Haslund-
Christensen, Henning, Jabonah. Abenteuer in der Mongolei (Insel-Verlag,
Leipzig, 1933) ...

History of Central Asia  The  4 volume set

Author: Christoph Baumer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1838608680

Page: 1568

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This set includes all four volumes of the critically acclaimed History of Central Asia series. The epic plains and arid deserts of Central Asia have witnessed some of the greatest migrations, as well as many of the most transformative developments, in the history of civilization. Christoph Baumer's ambitious four-volume treatment of the region charts the 3000-year drama of Scythians and Sarmatians; Soviets and transcontinental Silk Roads; trade routes and the transmission of ideas across the steppes; and the breathless and brutal conquests of Alexander the Great and Chinghiz Khan. Masterfully interweaving the stories of individuals and peoples, the author's engaging prose is richly augmented throughout by colour photographs taken on his own travels. This set includes The Age of the Steppe Warriors (Volume 1), The Age of the Silk Roads (Volume 2), The Age of Islam and the Mongols (Volume 3) and The Age of Decline and Revival (Volume 4)

Diary of a Journey to Abyssinia 1868

With the Expedition Under Sir Robert Napier, K.C.S.I. : the Diary and
Observations of William Simpson of the Illustrated London News William
Simpson Richard Pankhurst ... FROM GLASGOW TO LONDON 1851 was a
turning point in William Simpson ' s career . ... He saw important works of art such
as David Robert ' s “ Destruction of Jerusalem , ” James Atkinson ' sAfghanistan
, ” and several series of ...

Diary of a Journey to Abyssinia  1868

Author: William Simpson

Publisher: Tsehai Publishers

ISBN: 9780972317214

Page: 196

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The Expedition to Magdala of 1867-1868 was a memorable event in British Military history of warfare in general, and in the history of Ethiopia. Meticulously planned and executed, the campaign was a triumph for its commander, Sir Robert Napier. It was notable for the use of Elephants imported from India, the building of a port railway and the use of breech-loading rifles, the first time they employed in War.

The Illustrated London News

... will be distributed by Mrs. Abdy , wife of General Sir Samuel Browne's army in
the Afghan war high and seriously criticised the policy which led to the of Dr. J. T.
Abdy , Judge of the Essex County Court . recently concluded . Mr. Simpson's ...

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History of Buddhism in Afghanistan

convent of an old king , there is a milk tooth of ' Sakya Bodhisattva ' . It is about an
inch in length . ... It may be identified with the stupa that presently stands near the
Philakhana at Dauranta , noticed by William Simpson . 2 The antiquities and ...

History of Buddhism in Afghanistan

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A Systematic Work On The History Of Buddhism In Afghanistan Which Was A Very Influential Region In Central Asia With Close Socio-Cultural Interaction With Ancient Tibet-Based On The Author`S Explorations In The Field. 12 Chapters-Bibliography, Index. 47 Illustration Including A Map.

The Illustrated Naval and Military Magazine

A great traveller , Mr. nowned Special War Correspondent of the Daily News ,
Simpson is naturally a Fellow of the Geographical ... of Mr. Simpson's valuable on
the Council of the Society of Biblical Archæology and work from Afghanistan , he
having been permitted to the ... Queen , for whom he executed not long ago a
commission Mr. William Simpson is honourably known in many circles . to paint a
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Visions of India

The Sketchbooks of William Simpson, 1859-1862 Mildred Archer, William
Simpson ... Simpson ' s counterpart today is the inspired photographer who
travels widely and reports on places that are little ... under its auspices Simpson
went as far afield as Afghanistan ( he covered the First Afghan War and , later ,
the Afghan ...

Visions of India

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War in Afghanistan 1879 80

The Personal Diary of Major General Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor Sir Charles
Metcalfe MacGregor William Trousdale ... There are substantial gateways at
intervals and the Bemaru hill is meant for the citadel , it is altogether too
ambitious a place and would take 20 , 000 men to hold it . ... Special artists were
sent out to cover the war by both the Illustrated London News ( William Simpson )
and The ...

War in Afghanistan  1879 80

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American Architect and Architecture

If such notice of appeal is not given within ten days , the decision of the architect
shall be final . 15 . ... 8 In Experiences on the Afghan Frontier , " by William
Simpson , Journal of the Society of Arts , March 26 , 1886 , details of the journey
will be ...

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Under the Indian Sun

Marriage did not end Simpson's travels , though his wife seems to have
accompanied him only once , to the coronation of Czar Alexander III in 1883.
There were many other minor jaunts as a roving “ Special ” , but only one more
major expedition back to Afghanistan for eight ... William Simpson , perhaps more
than any other British painter in India , did indeed show the “ scenery , manners
and customs of ...

Under the Indian Sun

Author: Pauline Rohatgi

Publisher: South Asia Books

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Journal of the Society of Arts

As the number Newport , Monmouthshire . of seats is limited , admission will be
by ticket Simpson , Thomas , Audrey - lodge ... The tickets are now being issued ,
and ART VESTIGES IN AFGHANISTAN , THE only a limited number remain for ...

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The British Architect

431 The British Architect . that when it reached the Indus it went from that region
into Afghanistan . ... Mr . Arts , last year ' s attempt in this direction having proved
William Simpson ' s paper on " The Classical Influence a conspicuous success .

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Russian Orientalism

Group near the Great Wall of China William Simpson ( Glasgow 1823 - London
1899 ) Circassia . ... 1943 , Westmorland ) Afghan Head with Two Riders Fighting
for a Carcass & Two Chapandaz Frants Alekseevich ... 1928 ) Lone Cossack
Horseman Frants Alekseevich Rubo ( Roubaud ) ( Odessa 1856 - Munich 1928 )
The Hunter ' s Rest Oskar Schmerling ( Tbilisi 1863 - Tbilisi 1938 ) Caucasians
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Russian Orientalism

Author: Roy Bolton

Publisher: Sphinx Fine Art

ISBN: 9781907200007

Page: 169

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Burns Chronicle

Franco - German war in 1870 , and entered Simpson ' s main concern as a “
Special ” was , Strasbourg and Metz with the ... and he accompanied the Afghan
and Afghanistan , and in 1873 , while visiting a Expedition in 1878 and was
present at ... In the Society of Friends ( the Quakers ) a few years Abyssinia with
Sir Robert Napier ' s Army , later , which stated succintly : “ ( To ) William Simpson
found time ...

Burns Chronicle

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The Athenaeum

... Simpson at last found digan anent Simpson's trial sketches of the PAGE
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM SIMPSON 443 ... subsequent tour in
Afghanistan enabled him the Commune , Afghanistan , and royal tours were
accountable for many ...

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