'Akhbar Khan and Her Majesty's Envoy in Afghanistan', 1841
Lithograph by and after Richard Evan Sly, published by Blackwood & Page, Strand, April 1844.
As the political and military situation in Afghanistan deteriorated, Sir William MacNaghten offended Afghan leaders by cutting traditional payments to the hill tribes who controlled access through the passes to India. At a meeting on 23 December 1841 with Akbar Khan, the deposed Amir's son, the British envoy was seized, killed and cut to pieces.
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