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John Burke 
Bridge over the Surkhab River 
[Afghan War 1878-79 Peshawur Valley Field Force J. Burke.] 
Albumen print 
17.7 x 31.6 cm (image) 
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2501408 
Photograph of a bridge over the Surkhab River. The river bends around to the left towards the stone bridge in the middle distance. There is a ruined building on the shore to the left and a group of men and horses are gathered by the edge of the river. Beyond the bridge there is a rocky gorge and mountains extend into the distance behind. 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 people involved in the conflict.
From the collection of King Edward VII when Prince of Wales 

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