View of Lhasa valley

View of Lhasa valley

1998.131.223 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 7th 1937?



Accession number


Image Dimensions

108 x 160 mm

A distant view of Lhasa taken from an elevated position on a nearby mountainside. The Potala can be seen on the extreme left of the image whilst Lhasa town dominates the centre of the frame. Trapshi can be seen in the centre distance and Karma Kasang on the right. The mountains surrounding Lhasa can be seen rising steeply from the valley floor in the distance. Wooded parks and public spaces can be seen in a number of places on the outskirts of the town. The white mark in the centre of the image seems to be from a scratch or mark on the negative or print from which this print was made as a copy

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

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

BI.18 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'BI/18' has been written in pencil on the centre back of the print. 'F.S.Chapman' has been written in pencil in the bottom left hand corner of the print on the back [MS 2/2/2005]

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]: 'Distant of L. [Lhasa] city' [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BI.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Lord Chamberlain, the Rumba family, Kamba people, Mongolian women, Lhasa, Iamtso, Lalu Se, Lalu Monastery taken on or around January 7th 1937 [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph was probably taken in January 1937 as the other photographs prefixed with 'B.I' seem to have been taken during this time and the sequence of these images suggests that this image may have been taken on or around January 7th when Chapman travelled outside Lhasa to take images of nomads and seems to have ventured into the hills with his syce Iamtso [see 1998.131.188.1&2] [MS 16/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "View of Lhasa valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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