This watercolour was done by Vigne who travelled with a Lohani caravan between Multan and Kabul in the 1830s. Although the sketch is titled ‘Fool’, we know nothing more as he doesn’t mention anything related in his travel account.
Who was this mysterious fool? His facial expression is disturbing, almost a grimace. What was his story?
Godfrey Thomas Vigne, A Personal Narrative of a Visit to Ghuzni, Kabul, And Afghanistan … (London: Whitacker & Co., 1840), pp. 23-120
Image credit: `Fool, Lohani Camp’ (1836), watercolour, Godfrey Thomas Vigne FRGS (1801-63); copyright Victoria & Albert Museum, London, purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A.