Peshawar

Peshawar

Object Title:

Peshawar

Date:

c. 1919

Artist:

Charles W. Bartlett

Active:

British, 1860 - 1940

Medium:

Color woodblock print

Dimensions:

Image: 10 1/16 x 14 5/8 in. (25.6 x 37.1 cm) Sheet: 11 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (28.6 x 40 cm)

Credit Line:

Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1927 (5363)

Object Number:

5363

Description:

Peshawar, the "Place at the Frontier," stands at the end of the Khyber Pass connecting Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the remote northwestern frontier region of Pakistan, Peshawar played an important role due to its geographical location on the trade routes connecting South Asia, Central Asia, and Middle East. It was the capital of the Gandhara Kingdom, and a major center of Buddhist culture until the area converted to Islam in the tenth century. The British occupied Peshawar during the colonial period (1858-1947), and used it as a command post for military campaigns into Afghanistan, which is probably why Bartlett visited the city. Here he depicts one of the many gateways into the city, which he describes as "aflame in the setting sun." (2009)