The Editor of Lieut. Eyre's Journal has been led to
think that the sketches here offered to the public may be
extensively acceptable, as illustrations of the work which has
been already so favourably received. The drawings, of which
these are faithful copies, were made in captivity, and sent
home for the amusement of Mr. Eyre's private friends, at
their request, with no idea on his part that they would meet
the public eye. Under these circumstances it were superflu-
ous to beg that allowances may be made for their defects.
The set of Portraits is far from being complete, but a few
valuable additions to those received from Mr. Eyre have
been obligingly made by individuals at home. The portrait
of the late lamented Sir Wm. Macnaghten was thus kindly
furnished by a relative; that of Sir Alexander Burnes by
Mr. Murray; and those of Capt. Skinner and Lieut.
Haughton by their friends. The sketches of Mahomed
Akber Khan and Shah Soojah, are copies by Mr. Vigne's
permission from the originals, taken by himself from life. By
the assistance of these several contributors, to whom the
Editor's best thanks are offered, a set of sketches has been
made up, which cannot fail to interest those who have read of
the disasters of Cabul. It is due to Mr. Lowes Dickinson to
acknowledge, that while he has, in his beautiful lithographic
drawings, faithfully followed the originals, their slightness
left him ample scope for the exercise of his own taste and
talent, by which they have very greatly profited.
It only remains to say that these Sketches are issued at
the lowest price, at which the Artist and Publishers could
hope to be remunerated, even with an extensive sale. Their
size has been purposely adapted to that of the Journals of
Lieut. Eyre, and Lady Sale, so as to admit of being bound
up with either work.
Note. In explanation of the circumstance that all the
British Officers sketched by Mr. Eyre are represented in
Affghan Costume, it should be observed that they early
adopted this precaution, to avoid attracting inconvenient
observation in their wanderings among hostile people. The
ladies, however, preserved their European dress. The
following passage of a letter from Capt. Johnson, coinciding
with the accounts of Lieut. Eyre himself, gives a correct idea
of their situation and dress at the time of sitting for their
"I am sitting cross-legged on the bare ground naked
feet turban on my head; my dress consists of a pair of
loose trowsers an Affghan shirt and a large chintz
wrapper, called a chogha, covering the whole of my body.
A long beard, whiskers, and mustachios, and a shaved head.
On either side of me are two other officers, much in the
same dress and position."
1st May, 1843.
LIEUT. VINCENT EYRE.
Drawn on Stone by L owes Dickinson, from an Original Picture in the Possession of the Family.
SHAH SHUJA OOL MOOLK.
Sketched from Life by G.T. Vigne Esq.r in one hours sitting at Lodianeh. On stone by Lowes Dickinson.
Prince Futty Jung.
Eldest son and successor to Shah Shoojah.
THE LATE SIR WILLIAM HAY MACNAGHTEN BAR.T
Drawn on Stone by Lowes Dickinson from a Miniature in the Possession of the Family.
THE LATE SIR ALEXANDER BURNES C.B. & c.
Drawn on Stone by Lowes Didkinson from the Original Picture By D. Mc Clise Esqr R.A.
MAHOMED AKBER KHAN.
Drawn on Stone by Lowes Didkinson from the original sketch from life by G.T. Vigne Esq.r.
V. Eyre, del.t.
Lowes Dickinson, Lithog.
MAJOR ELDRED POTTINGER C.B.
MAJOR CHA.S. GRIFFITHS
64TH BENGAL N.I.
THE LATE CAPTAN JAMES SKINNER.
61st bengal n.i. chief commisariat officer at cabul
Drawn. on Stone by Lowes Didkinson from an Original Picture in the the Possession of the Family.
11th BENGAL CAVALRY
COMMANDING IRREGULAR CAVALRY, SHAH SHUJAH'S FORCE.
CAPT.N. COLIN MACKENZIE.
48th Madras Native Infantry
Commisary of Shah Shoojah's Force.
** BENGAL NATIVE INFANTRY, ASSISTANT COMMISARY GENERAL AT CABUL.
CAPT.N. B. BYGRAVE.
PAYMASTER 5TH BENGAL N INFANTRY
SHAH SHOOJAH'S FORCE, BRIGADE MAJOR
H.M. 3RD REG.T. INFANTRY, AIDE DE CAMP TO THE LATE GEN.L. ELPHINSTONE.
CAPT.N. JOHN B. CONOLLY
20TH BENGAL NATIVE INFANTRY
37TH BENGAL HORSE ARTILLERY, NATIVE INFANTRY.
51st bengal native infantry.
LIEU.T. H. B. MELVI LLE.
64th Native Bengal Infantry.
LIEU.T. G. MElN.
H.M. 13TH REG.T. INFANTRY.
MALE FIGURE AT BAMEEAN, 200 FEET IN HEIGHT
THE FORT IN WHICH GENERAL ELPHINSTONE DIED.
PRISON AT SHEWUKKEE NEAR CABUL.
FEMALE FIGURE 200 FEET IN HEIGHT AT BAMEEAN
CAVES OF BAMEEAN