Sho Doring and Potala Palace

Sho Doring and Potala Palace

1998.285.617 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Lt Col R. S. Kennedy? Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

1920-1921 or 1922


Lhasa > Sho > Doring

Accession number


Image Dimensions

149 x 90 mm

Doring or inscription pillar in front of the Potala Palace, Lhasa. Figure of a Tibetan man in middle distance observing the photographer

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate , Copy Negative

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Copy Neg


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Revised Photographer

Unknown? Kennedy? Rosemeyer?

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections


'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

In Negative - The image appears to be given three reference numbers, clearly attributed at different times. These are: '4bdu', '31b' and No. [3?b?] 30. None of these figures are referenced in Bell's List of Illustrations. [MS 14/7/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.14:"Obelisk engraved with historical inscriptions below the Potala Palace. In the small house on each side is a stone slab announcing a victory"

Other Information - Photographer: Bell did not use P-sized or 'Postcard' sized negatives of the kind with which this image is made for his images of Lhasa in 1920-21. However, Lt Col Robert Kennedy, who was with Bell in 1920-21, did so, as did W. P. Rosemeyer, who visited Lhasa many times from 1922 onwards as a telegraph officer involved with establishing the telegraph line to Lhasa. This is a copy of a print, not an original image, and the print may well have been acquired by Bell from one of these sources [MS 25/02/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sho Doring and Potala Palace" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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