Basil Gould and Hugh Richardson on the Natu La

Basil Gould and Hugh Richardson on the Natu La

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

February 1940

Named Person

Hugh Richardson Sir Basil Gould


Chumbi Valley Region > Natu La

Accession number


Image Dimensions

119 x 88 mm

Basil Gould and Hugh Richardson on the Natu La pass with orderlies and ponies coming on behind. Gould is wearing topee hat, waistcoat, shirt and tie and jodhpurs. Richardson is wearing a fur hat with ear flaps, jacket and jodhpurs and carrying a riding crop. It looks as if they are coming down from the pass.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Notes on album mount - "Richardson Gould Natu La Pass 15, 3000" is written in pencil in capital letters in Staunton's hand.
[KC 7/12/2005]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - "Feb 1940" [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: F Spencer Chapman writes in Lhasa: The Holy City , London: Readers Union Ltd, 1940, p. 15, "The main Lhasa-India trade route, together with the telegraph line, goes to Kalimpong in the extreme north of Bengal. This route crosses the southern ridge of the Himalaya by the Jelep La, a pass slightly higher and much more difficult than the Natu La, which descends directly to Gangtok. ... Thus it is that the bulk of the Tibetan trade, more especially the wool traffic, goes to Kalimpong, leaving the shorter Natu La track comparitively free." Also, p.9, "From Gangtok the mule-track starts for the Natu La, and from Kalimpong the longer and more difficult road leaves for the Jelep La. By these two passes the road from Lhasa crosses the main range of the himalaya on its way to India, consequently Kalimpong and Gangtok are the great centres for the Tibetan trade, especially in wool." [KC 7/12/2005]

Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (1999.23.1.6) with three other images. [KC 6/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Basil Gould and Hugh Richardson on the Natu La" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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