Tsarong's house, Lhasa

Tsarong's house, Lhasa

1998.131.480 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

September 14th 1936

Named Person

Mary Taring, Pema Dolkar Tsarong, Norbu Yudon


Lhasa > Tsarong House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

169 x 224

Mary Tering (Rinchen Dolma, Jigme Tering's wife), Tsarong's wife Pema Dolkar (Mary's sister), Norbu Yudon (Dele Rabden's wife and Mary's sister) and Tsarong's children and others outside Tsarong's house.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Mrs Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.9.1 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered with crop and reproduction marks. The reference 'C-9-1' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 28/03/2006]

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]: 'Tsarong’s house Group in foreground'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 1, From Gangtok to the Natu La August 1936: ‘39/3 - Tsarong’s new house on the outskirts of Lhasa. Notice incense burner on roof and real glass in windows’ [MS 28/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.9' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Tsarong’s family and his house, a Tibetan stove, preparing paint for Potala and camels. The date is not certain, but it seems most likely that these images of Tsarong and his family were taken on September 14th when dinner was held there on the occasion of the departure of Brigadier Neame [MS 28/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: "The Tsarong mansion lies just beyond that of the Prime Minister, between the City and the Kyi Chu. Turning out of a flooded stretch of wasteland we entered the usual type of terraced gateway, and then found ourselves looking at the most remarkable house in Lhasa. The Tsarong mansion, like all Tibetan houses, faces south, but it looks onto a skilfully laid out garden instead of onto the traditional courtyard surrounded by lower buildings. The style is a pleasant combination of Tibetan mansion and English country house. The roof is flat, and there are incense-burners and prayer flags on it, but the windows are of the casement type and fitted throughout with glass. The door is ornamented in the best Tibetan style, but in front of it are a dozen granite steps covered with pots of flowering plants" ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, p. 104] [MS 28/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tsarong's house, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.480.html>.

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