1998.286.21.1 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?
Sir Charles Bell
Lhasa > Jokhang > Smallpox Doring
80 x 103
Negative Quarter Plate
St Antony's College, Oxford
Intensifier Varnish Notches on right side
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] IV. [Subject of Chapter] History up to 1900 [Subject of Illustration] Q.20 (h). Smallpox edict near Tsuk La-Kang, in winter, containing instructions for segregation during smallpox epidemics. [Remarks] L.25"
In Negative - It is not clear whether it is a clear (but now yellowing) varnish which has been applied to the negative or whether the negative has been subjected to an intensifying process. 1998.285.173, the H plate image taken of this image during the winter period seems similarly to have been subjected to such a procedure [MS 4/8/2004]
Contemporary Publication - Bell does not distinguish in his List of Illustrations between 1998.286.21.1, 1998.286.21.2 and 1998.286.291 and all three may be referenced by his caption for Q.20 [MS 4/8/2004]
Other Information - Setting: Bell's diary for 30th July 1921:" Per Tsendron "The weeping willow trees are called 'Chinese willows' ( Gya chang ). Since the 5th D[alai] L[ama]'s death all the trees and flowers have drooped a little. The Cho U-tra over the Small Pox Edict in Lhasa, is a Chinese willow." [diary Vol. XI, p.65]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Smallpox edict pillar, Jokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.286.21.1.html>.
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