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John Burke 
Villages in the Khyber Pass 
Albumen print 
17.6 x 31.3 cm (image) 
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2501353 
Photograph of villages in the Khyber Pass. Small groups of stone buildings are spread across the valley. The Buddhist monument Sphola Stupa, consisting of a stone mound, is located on a protruding rocky ridge to the right. The valley is surrounded by mountains. 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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