1998.286.143.1 (Glass negative)
Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer
Sir Charles Bell
Lhasa > Norbu Lingka
82 x 107 mm
Negative Quarter Plate , Copy Negative
St. Antony's College, Oxford
Copy Neg Lantern
Sir Charles Bell
Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXVII. [Subject of Chapter] Amusements [Subject of Illustration] Q.271-132 (da) Spectators watching play at Norpu Lingka. [Remarks] Rosemeyer's. L.149"
Other Information - Related Images: Bell has two entries for Q.271-132 in his List of Illustrations, only one of which he attributes to Rosemeyer. However this seems very likely to be a Rosemeyer picture because of the content and format [MS 16/8/2004]
Other Information - Dates: A date of 1922 has been given to this image because this is the first date that one can determine that Rosemeyer went to Lhasa officially. This journey was made in order to complete the extension of the telegraph line from Gyantse to the capital. According to the Assistant Engineer W. H. King, Rosemeyer and the team were allowed to wander freely around the Potala and the Norbu Lingka in order to connect the telegraph lines there: "Rosemeyer was given permission to photograph anything he liked except one image in the Cathedral" [King, W. H. The Telegraph to Lhasa in 'The Geographical Journal', Vol. LXIII No. 6, June 1924: 529] Although Rosemeyer visited Lhasa on numerous occasions after 1922, it seems that Bell probably acquired this picture from him then, prior to Bell's return to the UK for a number of years, during which time he worked on his manuscripts [MS 29/7/2004]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Spectators watching play at Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.143.1.html>.
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