2001.35.211.1 (Print Black & White)
Frederick Spencer Chapman
Evan Yorke Nepean
November 29th 1936
Lhasa > Kyichu
58 x 90 mm
Loaned August 2002
British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37
Other Information - Related Images: Caption for this image in Nepean's album (see Same Image As) - '211 = 1- 207 Evan [Lt.Col. Sir Evan Nepean been swimming, Potala behind]' [MS 01/08/2006]
Biographical Information - Evan Nepean (1909-2002) was a member of the Royal Corps of Signals and was posted to Lhasa in 1936 to work for Gould. Along with Dagg his job was to set up and operate the portable wireless which the British took with them. This had a great impact in curbing the power of the Chinese Mission as it provided another route through which information could be sent into and out of Lhasa. As well as this Nepean and Dagg were in charge of entertainment setting up PA systems and film shows for the various Tibetans with whom the British interacted. He was also an amateur photographer often accompanying and assisting Spencer Chapman on his photographic excursions. Nepean compiled a personal album of photographs from his time in Lhasa. He was only in the city for three months before being re-posted. [CH 2003]
Other Information - Cultural Background: Evan Nepean standing in the Kyi Chu river with the Potala Palace in the background. This is one of the least formal shots taken during the 1936 British Mission to Lhasa. Taking a break from their duties, Spencer Chapman and Evan Nepean went swimming in the Kyi Chu river (which flows along the outskirts of Lhasa). They then photographed one another on the river bank with their shirts off. [CH 2003; [MS 01/08/2006]]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Evan Nepean by Kyichu" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.211.1.html>.
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