Monk at river crossing

Monk at river crossing

1998.131.342.2 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

September 6th 1936


Lhasa > Kyichu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

172 x 119

Close-up portrait of a monk at the river crossing close to the Dekyi Lingka, where the Mission stayed whilst in Lhasa

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

CPX.2 In publication
'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [see photos in publication]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - A large number of crop and reproduction instructions have been written on the back of the print in pencil. These include a Chatto & Windus [publisher's] reference number 'C43434/14', and the caption 'A Monk'. The reference number 'CPX.2' has been written in pencil on the back of the print [MS 21/03/2006]

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]: 'Close up of monk'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘25/2 - A monk’ [MS 21/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CPX' comprise a group of negatives containing images of boats near Dekyi Lingka crossing, Potala, Norbu Lingka main gate and stables, paintings, water prayer wheel, lake palace, ducks, mastiffs, monks washing clothes, Richardson and Dr Morgan. They seem to have been taken mainly on September 6th, although some of the early images may have been taken on September 4th - 5th 1936, when the Mission had two days of office activities. However, 1998.131.344 of these monks was taken by Evan Nepean and he did not arrive in Lhasa until September 6th [MS 21/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The same people can be seen in 1998.131.342, 343 & 344. [MS 21/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Monk at river crossing" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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