William Simpson s Afghanistan

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

William Simpson s Afghanistan

Author: Peter Harrington

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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.

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WILLIAM SIMPSON . By MONIER WILLIAMS , C . I . E . , D . C . L . , Boden
Professor / On the Genealogy of Modern Numerals . ... The Buddhist Caves of
Afghanistan . By WILLIAM SIMPSON . ... Entries of Criticisms on Browning ' s
Works . 3 . Fresh | Mr . Thomson ' s Notes on the Genius of Robert Browning .
Personal ...

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WILLIAM SIMPSON . By MONIER WILLIAMS , C . I . E . , D . C . L . , Boden
Professor On the Genealogy of Modern Numerals . By Sir E ... The Buddhist
Caves of Afghanistan . By WILLIAM SIMPSON . ... Entries of Criticisms on
Browning ' s Works . 3 . Fresh Mr . Thomson ' s Notes on the Genius of Robert
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Journal of the Society of Arts

A layer of two or three feet thick must be allowed to dry and consolidate before
another is placed on it , because the weight ... To this may be added the practice
of other See paper on “ Experiences on the Afghan Frontier , " by William
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By MONIER WILLIAMS , C.I.E. , D.C.L. , Boden Professor On the Genealogy of
Modern Numerals . By Sir E. ... Muir , K.C.S.I. , D.C.L. , LL.D. lated . By A. H.
SAYCB . The Buddhist Caves of Afghanistan . By WILLIAM SIMPSON . 3. Fresh
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The Critic

Illustrated by A . B . Frost ; WITH THE AFGHAN BOUNDARY COMMISSION . By
William Simpson . Illustrated ; DOGS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT . By Hugh
Dalziel . Illustrated ; AFRICA ' S AWAKENING . By David Ker . With Map ; THE
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Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

Art Vestiges in Afghanistan ; p.m. Resumed discussion on Mr. Smalman Smith's
the Result of Some Recent Explorations in the Jellapaper , “ The Law of Fixtures
... 6 p.m. Annual Dinner . papers , amongst others , will be read :Frübel Society (
at the HOUSE OF THE SOCIETY OF Arts ) , “ Domestic Poisons ... F.R.S. Adelphi ,
W.C. , & p.m. Mr. William Simpson , “ Art " The Recent History of Explosive Agents
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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.

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... by F. C. Danvers , 317 3rd Meeting : -- " Experiences on the Afghan frontier , "
by William Simpson , 478 4th Meeting : - " The ... S. Hallett , 353 4th Meeting : - “
Traffic routes to the East , " by C.B. 402 5th Meeting : - " Indian coffee : its present
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Afghanistan Selected References

The Afghan Insurgency : Prospect for Military Victory ( U ) . Washington ... Richard
Mackenzie and Glenn Simpson . 5 : 13 - 17 ... Doerner , William R . Rebels with
Too Many Causes : Who ' s Who Behind the Mujahedin ' s Quarreling Factions .

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Verner s Law in Italy

D . - The Buddhist Caves of Afghanistan . By W . Simpson ... Edited and
Translated by e Successors of the Siljaks in Asia Minor , By S . L . Poole . - The
Oldest ... By William Simpson , F . R . G . S . - On some New Discoveries in
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The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal

19 and 20 : Broome ' s History of the Bengal Army ; The Country between Bamian
and Khiva ; Chaitanya and the Vaishnavas of Bengal ; The Second Sikh War ;
Bengali ... The Buddhist caves of Afghanistan are described by William Simpson .

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