Tiflis, the capital of the Russian Caucasus and the Transcaspian Provinces – William Simpson, 1888

William Simpson was a Scottish war artist (like a war correspondent/photographer, but with a better beard) who got about pretty much everywhere in and around the British Empire. Here he is in slightly more peaceable mode, marking “the opening of the railway to Samarkand” in 1888, although you would have had to take a boat first to get on it. This one wins the award for most impressive scenery exaggeration for dramatic effect, but you can’t deny it looks good.


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