View of Potala from hills

View of Potala from hills

2001.35.325.1 (Print Black & White)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

September 2nd - 3rd 1936?


Lhasa Area > Potala

Accession number


Image Dimensions

105 x 80 mm

An early morning view of the Potala taken from the hillsides around the Lhasa valley. Frederick Spencer Chapman took this photograph in the early morning to capture the smoke rising above the city at this time

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number

CM.24 [view film roll]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'ink no: 96; pencil no: CM/24; blue no: 21'; from an envelope marked 'Scenes around Lhasa and the Norbhu Lingka = Jewel Park, the summer palace' [KC 14/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Potala and smoke over Lhasa early morning'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘4/2 - Early morning sunlight on Potala shining through yak dung smoke’ [MS 14/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CM' taken on the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936 comprise a group of negatives containing images of Drepung Monastery, shengnoes at Drepung, river behind Dekyi Lingka, Pargo Kaling, Chakpori, Turquoise Bridge, boats, Potala, ‘air views’ [MS 14/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "View of Potala from hills " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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