1918.104.22.168.3 (Album Print black & white)
H. Staunton ?
1940 - 1941
Harry Staunton, Bo Tsering
Gyantse > Mission Hospital
133 x 84 mm
Print gelatin silver
Notes on album mount - "Rai Sahib Bo in Gyantse Hosp" is written in small letters in pencil on the album page below the photograph. [KC 9/12/2005]
Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (1922.214.171.124) with two other images. [KC 9/12/2005]
Other Information - People: Alex McKay writes about Rai Bahadur Bo Tsering in 'The Birth of a Clinic? The IMS Dispensary in Gyantse (Tibet), 1904-1910', Medical History , vol.49 (2), 135-154, "Two Sikkimese youths were eventually trained as Sub-Assistant Surgeons and posted to Tibet during the First World War. One of these, Bo Tsering, subsequently served in the British hospitals in Tibet for more than thirty years." Also. footnote 83 states, "Bo Tsering (d.1953) was a Gangtok Sikkimese whose father worked for the local ruler. It is interesting to note that there was a large increase in the numbers of Tibetans attending the Gyantse hospital after Bo Tsering became Gyantse Medical Officer in December 1915. ... Tsering attributed the increase to the growing popularity of the biomedical facility, but it may be that the Tibetans actually felt more comfortable consulting a Sikkimese medical practitioner." [KC 9/12/2005]
Other Information - People: F Spencer Chapman also mentions Rai Sahib Bo Tsering in Lhasa: The Holy City , 1938, London: Chatto and Windus, "I sat next to Rai Sahib Bo Tsering [at a local race meeting in Gyantse], the sub-assistant surgeon, who works under the Agency doctor. He is coming to Lhasa with us. A red-faced genial Sikkimese in loud checks, he is a famous horse-coper and is liked by everybody. His pony won the open race today." (p.54)
Other Information - Setting: Alex McKay writes about the establishment of the hospital in Gyantse in ""The Birth of a Clinic"? The IMS Dispensary in Gyantse (Tibet), 1904-1910" (www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov Med Hist.2005 April 1; 49(2): 135-154)
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Harry Staunton, Rai Sahib Bo Tsering in Gyantse hospital" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_19126.96.36.199.3.html>.
For more information about photographic usage or to order prints, please visit the The Pitt Rivers Museum.
© The Pitt Rivers Museum