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AFGHANISTAN. Baker (William)
AFGHANISTAN. Baker (William) Carte-de-visite Group Portrait of H.H. Amir Shere Ali Khan with his son Yakub Khan and entourage,  at the Ambala Durbar, Willliam Baker, Photographer by Appointment to H.H. the Governor of the Punjab, 1868
numbered in a contemporary hand to the front, with the titles on the reverse, 4 x 2½ ins. 10.2 x 6.4 cm. some slight marginal soiling,
The listing to the reverse reads ". H. Amir. 2. His Son. 3.4. His sons Play Fellows. 5. Governor of Jelalabad. 6. A General. 7 Son's tutor. 8 A General. 9. Son of number 13. 10. Master of Ceremonies. 11 British Ambassador at the Court of Caubal. 12. A Councillor. 12. Commander in Chief. 13. Vizier or Prime Minister." William Baker and John Burke were the photographers of the Great Game, men whose work inspired Rudyard Kipling. No Raj photographers witnessed more wars, discoveries, news events and human diversity than did these two Irishmen. Among the earliest photographers of Kashmir and Afghanistan, their work dominated commercial photography in Punjab and the North-West Frontier from 1860-1900.

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