Tibetan Lewis Gun section

Tibetan Lewis Gun section

1998.131.505 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

September 7th 1936


Lhasa > Trapshi

Accession number


Image Dimensions

119 x 170

A Tibetan Lewis Gun section with both old and new Tibetan military uniforms at a military review held at Trapshi in September 1937 for Brigadier Neame.

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

COX.6 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Lhasa the Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto and Windus, 1940 [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered with crop and reproduction instructions. The reference 'COX 6' has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has the caption 'Tibetan Lewis gun section, shows old and new uniforms' [MS 30/03/2006]

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]: 'Soldiers advancing with Lewis gun'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘16/4 - Tibetan Lewis-gun section with new and old types of headgear’ [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'COX' comprise a group of negatives containing images of soldiers, Neame, Jigme, Uttock, Drepung and mission hospital. The seem all to have been taken on or around September 7th 1936 [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Entry for Mission Diary September 7th 1936: "After lunch the only two Lewis guns in Lhasa were fired, giving a very poor display of both elementary training and of marksmanship at targets at 200 yards. After this a section of mountain guns (10 Pdr. B. L. of 1902 manufacture) were brought up on their mules and came into action. Their movements and drill, although not smart were sufficiently effective, and in shooting with common shell and direct laying from the gun they showed considerable skill in marksmanship. As this was the first time they had ever fired live shell it is evident that they have received useful instruction from Yutok Depon, who did some artillery training in India, but who confessed he had forgotten how to do indirect fire. They have however little idea of tactical movements or tactical use of artillery" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part V p. 5, written by Neame] [MS 30/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tibetan Lewis Gun section" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.505.html>.

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