F. Spencer Chapman taking images of Drepung

F. Spencer Chapman taking images of Drepung

2001.35.80.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

November 15th 1936?

Named Person

Frederick Spencer Chapman


Lhasa Area > Drepung

Accession number


Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

Frederick Spencer Chapman taking photographs of Drepung Monastery from a high hillside vantage point

Further Information

Photographic Process


Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

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Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Caption for this image in Nepean's album (see Same Image As) - 'Looking down on Drepung Monastery. 7000 monks'. [MS 28/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The mission diary for November 15th 1936 states: "Chapman climbed three thousand feet up the mountain overlooking Drepung in order to photograph a bird's eye view of this immense monastery, and to collect seeds of certain rare gentians and primulas which we found flowering there some weeks ago. There were many snowcock on the higher slopes; there were successfully filmed" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part IX p. 2, written by Chapman]. The images taken on this day [prefixed with C.12. in the PRM Chapman collections] seem to have been taken from the vantage point Chapman has adopted in this image. It may be, therefore, that this photograph was taken on this day and that, in fact, Nepean accompanied him on this trek. This may have been the case also in that Nepean seems to have been responsible for taking quite a lot of cine film on the mission, which is referred to here [MS 21/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "F. Spencer Chapman taking images of Drepung" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.80.1.html>.

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