1998.286.17 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
c. 1908 - 1914 ?
Chumbi Valley Region > Dota
77 x 45 mm
Negative Quarter Plate , Copy Negative
St. Antony's College, Oxford
Sir Charles Bell
Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
'Tibet Past & Present', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1924 [view list of illustrations]
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] III. [Subject of Chapter] Mountains, rivers, lakes, climate, rainfall, and trade routes [Subject of Illustration] Q.274-16 (acdu) Frozen waterfall at Do-ta. Man standing at base of waterfall."
In Negative - The photographer's initials 'H.M.' [Henry Martin] are visible in the lower right-hand corner of the image, having been marked on the original negative. This particular glass plate negative, however, reproduces a print, as is evident from the surround and pins holding the original print. [PG 13/10/2003]
Other Information - Related Images: There is a print of this image in the PRM's Macdonald Collection [1998.293.32], described as 'Iced up waterfall at Dota' (from label on reverse). [PG 13/10/2003]
In Negative - the number of this copy negative has been written on the glass plate in a larger format and with a different pen to that which is usually used by Bell, although it appears to have been written in his handwriting [MS 16/8/2004]
Technical Information - This image may have been re-photographed by W. P. Rosemeyer or David Macdonald and subsequently forwarded to Bell because the style and format of the re-photography is typical of that which seems to have been used to re-photograph some of Rosemeyer's Lhasa images is quite distinct from that found with Bell's other copy negatives. However, as this series of images includes prints by Henry Martin and from Yatung in 1911-12 it seems that it may have been Macdonald who was responsible for collating them, although another person may have done the re-photography. Macdonald assisted Bell a great deal in the provision of translations and other information which Bell later compiled in his books. However, it may also be that this style of re-photography was used by Bell to make contact exposure lantern slides and this was a technique for reducing the image to an appropriate size for contact with the slide [MS 16/8/2004]
Contemporary Publication - Published in 'Tibet Past & Present', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924, facing p.7: 'Frozen waterfall at Do-ta in the Chumbi Valley'.
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Frozen waterfall at Dota, Chumbi Valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.17.html>.
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