Fort Attock. A photograph by R B Holmes of Peshawar, circa 1900-1910


An 11½ x 8¼ ins full plate, unmounted view of this massive fort guarding the passage of the Indus River and near the Khyber Pass in present day Pakistan is signed in the negative Holmes. It was built in the late 16th century in the time of the Mogul Emperor Akbar. It was taken in 1813 by the Sikhs in the time of Ranjit Singh. Its significance became particularly apparent to the British after the 1857 Mutiny and they established a military cantonment there called Cambellpore. Holmes was the most important photographer of the North West Frontier around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries.          may19/1

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