A photograph entitled 'His Highness Shere Ali Khan, Amir of Afghanistan', taken by John Burke, c. 1878.
Shere Ali Khan was Amir of Afghanistan from 1863 to 1879. Trouble with the British finally led to the Second Afghan War, 1879-1880. He was defeated by the British and was forced to flee Afghanistan, dying in exile.
The photograph was published in the album 'The Afghan War, Attogk to Jellalabad, Gandamak and Surkhab'. John Burke recorded the evolution of British India in the late 19th Century, and accompanied the British Indian army on its advance into Afghanistan during the Second Afghan War of 1878-1879.