Lhasa Mission Group

Lhasa Mission Group

1998.285.339.1 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Member of mission staff?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

December 1920 or January 1921

Named Person

Sir Charles Bell, Rabden Lepcha, Lieutenant Colonel Kennedy, David Macdonald, Tsendron Kusho, Palhese, Purbu


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

Lhasa Mission group. Sir Charles Bell - second row centre; Lt Col Robert Kennedy on his right, Tsendron Kusho on his left; David Macdonald seated on Kennedy's right, and Palhese next to him; Purbu orderly sitting on ground on Bell's right, Rabden orderly seated next to him

Further Information



Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference



Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] LVIII. [Subject of Chapter] History after 1900 [Subject of Illustration] H.310 (c) Lhasa Mission Group. [where placed - book page] I,196. [Remarks] L.283 (Y in L)"

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.196:"The British Mission to Lhasa. Lt Col Kennedy is on my right (seated third from the left)"

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: David Macdonald (second on the left from bell, facing) made an unofficial visit to Lhasa in December 1920 and was allowed to remain in the city for one month until he was asked to leave by the Tibetan Government [MS 23/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Lhasa Mission Group" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.339.1.html>.

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