Image No.
ELD 027
Collection
Afghan Boundary Commission
1884-86
Series
ELD Sketches of ABC 001 to 053
Format

Original wash sketch, whereabouts unknown
Lithograph in the Lumsden Album 315/453 mm

Place, date
Doshakh, August, 1885
Sepia-toned photo-lithograph of a wash sketch, showing the central group of the Doshakh Mountains, as seen from the SSW. In the right foreground a stream with shrubs of reed on both sides and a markhor.
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Doshakh Mountains

Sepia-toned photo-lithograph of a wash sketch, showing the central group of the Doshakh Mountains, as seen from the SSW. In the right foreground a stream with shrubs of reed on both sides and a markhor.

[Sketch, recto:] DOSHAKH / E D. / 85. // Photographed by the Survey of India Department. // DOSHAKH.
[Lumsden Album:] OR THE TWO HORN HILL, FROM THE SOUTH.
[List:] (26) Doshakh, the “2 horns” hill drawn from the South.

  • 1.57 Pictures of Landscapes, Cities
  • 1.64 Travel Books before 1914
  • 2.123 Herat and NW-Afghanistan
  • 4.365 Abdur Rahman Khan (1880-1901)
  • 4.416 GB Relations with Great Britain
  • 4.85 Civil use of the Military
  • Griesbach, C. L. (1885): Afghan Field Notes, p. 61: “The range which runs more or less with the 34° North latitude, and which on our maps bears the names of the Siah Koh and Doshakh mountains, marks a complete change in the geological structure of Central Asia. Whereas south of this range no older rocks than of the cretaceous period are known to exist, the Doshakh range itself consists of palaeozoic rocks […]”
  • Stewart, C.E. (1886): The Herat valley and the Persian Border, p. 154: description of the vegetation around Do Shakh peak.
  • Yate, A.C. (1887): Travels with the Afghan Boundary Commission, p. 133: “[…] In the distance to the north or north-west [from Aukal] stood up the Du-shakh range, so called from a double peak near its centre. […]”; p. 134: “[…] I obtained, however, an excellent view of the whole valley west of the city [of Herat], to a point where an outlying spur of the Du-shakh range (called Kuh-i-kuftar Khan), running from south-west to north-east, abuts on the Hari Rud, and severs the Herat valley proper from the valley of Ghorian and Kuhsan. South and east I looked over the broad undulating plain traversed by several low ranges of hills, the scene of our 38-mile march, on the 11th, from Sher Bakhsh to Chah Gazak. Eastwards the double peak of the Kuh-i-du-shakh (the two-horn range) appeared us but one; whereas from the south at Sher Bakhsh, or from the north at Zindajan and Rauzanak, the two peaks are distinctly visible. […]”
  • Yate, C.E. (1888): Northern Afghanistan or Letters from the Afghan Boundary Commission, p. 19: “[…] On the 30th [July 1885], with the cavalry escort, and accompanied by Captain Peacocke, Mr Merk, Captain Griesbach, Dr Owen, and myself, he [Ridgeway] marched northwards again, while the Heavy camp and the Infantry Escort at the same time moved westwards to a more elevated site in the Doshakh range, conveniently situated in case of any emergency. […]”; p. 23: “[…] The Heavy camp and Infantry Escort are still encamped in the midst of the Doshakh range, where they enjoy a climate much more free from wind than we get here down in the Herat valley. […]”
  • The Graphic, Vol. 70 (1904/2), October 8, p. 471, engraving based on this sketch: “Doshakh, the mountain of the two horns, south of the Herat Valley.”
  • Adamec, L.W. (1975): Herat and north-western Afghanistan, p. 101: Doshakh.
Google earth
34°04ʹ22ʺ N / 61°33ʹ42ʺ E / 1490 m
Latitude
/
Longitude
34.072153 / 61.562666
Survey of India Map
Sheet 29, Herat (1916): Doshakh (peak), O 51
© Copyright text:
Stiftung Bibliotheca Afghanica, CH-4416 Bubendorf
 
Authors:
Paul Bucherer, Laura Albisetti, Mattias Hemmig, Hans-Ulrich Seidt, John Falconer, Bill Woodburn
 
Engraving in The Graphic, Vol. 70 (1904/2), p. 471, based on Durand’s sketch.
Engraving in The Graphic, Vol. 70 (1904/2), p. 471, based on Durand’s sketch.
ELD 121 is a watercolour sketch of the same area.
ELD 121 is a watercolour sketch of the same area.
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