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John Burke 
Fort of Ali Masjid, taken from an extreme height 
Albumen print 
23.8 x 28.9 cm (image) 
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2501341 
Photograph of the Fort of Ali Masjid, taken from an extreme height. In the foreground there is a rocky ridge to the right. In the valley below there is a small settlement and a river. The Fort of Ali Masjid is on the top of a mountain directly opposite the camera, with steep mountains rising behind it. The photographer John Burke travelled with the Peshawar Valley Field Force during the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80), one of a series of conflicts between Britain and Russia over control of Afghanistan. His images from the war capture landscapes, key strategic sites and soldiers involved in the conflict.
From the collection of King Edward VII when Prince of Wales 

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