19188.8.131.52.6 (Album Print black & white)
H. Staunton ?
1940 - 1941
Gyantse > British Trade Agency
90 x 60 mm
Print gelatin silver
Notes on album mount - "The Mess" is written in capital letters and pencil below the photograph on the album page. [KC 13/1/2006]
Other Information - Setting: Alex McKay provides a description of the British Fort/Mission at Gyantse in Tibet and the British Raj, 1997, Richmond: Curzon Press, "A new fort was finally completed. ... The new fort was rectangular, with outer defensive walls of mud-brick enclosing the Agency buildings. Except for the stables and the military hospital, the buildings were all two-storey, with external staircases and verandahs. The lower floor was, for defensive reasons, occupied only by storehouses. The officers' quarters, a reception room, the mess and the Trade Agent's office were all on the upper-floor, overlooking the main courtyard and parade-ground. At the bottom of the main stairs were a pair of guns used on the Younghusband mission; a reminder of the Agency's essentially military character." (pp. 88-9) [KC 13/1/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "British Trade Agency Mess" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_19184.108.40.206.6.html>.
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