Ruins of fort near Chushul, view of Kyichu valley

Ruins of fort near Chushul, view of Kyichu valley

1998.131.183.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 22nd 1936


Tsangpo Valley Region > Chushul

Accession number


Image Dimensions

80 x 110 mm

View over Kyichu valley from a ruined dzong or fort on the hill near Chushul. There is a settlement in the centre of the valley in the middle distance and others can be seen dotted around the valley. Cultivated fields are visible in the foreground below the ruins. Higher mountains are seen in the distance with clouds touching their peaks. The plaster-work that would have covered the walls of the dzong has fallen off in most places, revealing the stonework structure and wooden lintels above the window apertures.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.11.7 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - A piece of the negative has been torn off on the right hand side. This seems to occur with this particular film negative type in Chapman's Collection. The number '7' has been printed on the negative on the left hand side [MS 14/1/2005]

Technical Information - This image was taken with a quarter plate Zeiss Nixe film or film pack camera as the negative is quarter-plate sized. See Chapman
Lhasa The Holy City [London: Chatto & Windus, 1938] for a description of the still and cine cameras that Chapman used as Mission photographer [MS 25/2/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Ditto [From Chusul dzong and valley]' [MS 12/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image was taken from the hill above Chushul as it can be related to other images taken from this location identified in the handlist of Mission photographs, compiled by Chapman at the time and in the archive of the Pitt Rivers Museum [see CHA.35, .36 & .37]. This enables the image to be dated as 22nd or 23rd August 1936 as it was on those days that the Mission travelled from Chushul to Nyethang. The lush vegetation in the valley and the developing storm clouds also indicate that this photograph would have been taken in August or early September 1936 [MS 25/6/2005]

Other Information - Related images: This image is closely related to 1998.131.709. Both images are taken from inside the ruins although at slightly different vantage points [MS 14/1/2005]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.11' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Chusul, including a panorama [MS 01/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ruins of fort near Chushul, view of Kyichu valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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