Tented camp of the Regent

Tented camp of the Regent

2001. (Film negative)

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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

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Image Dimensions

55 X 57 mm

The tents of the camp of the Regent before a tour.

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

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Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on front of negative album in Richardson's hand in white: '2' 'Ramagang, 'Ushang, Tshurphu rgyal, Misc pillars'. On the reverse of negative album written in blue ink on white labels in Richardson's hand: 'Hu zhang, Pa blon chen, Pha bong ka, Nyenchen thang lho, Rva sgreng, Khro 'brug, etc. etc.' [KC 10/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - Folio 83/4/5. 'Dalai Lama's camp rehearsal in Shugtri [?] lingka'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson' hand list: Album 2. [no.] 57. 'Tents of Regent of Tibet and noble officials, set out as a rehearsal before a formal tour. Regent's tent in centre surrounded by squares of officials tents., all arranged according to precedence'.

Other Information - The photograph shows the campment of the Regent, ( rgyal tshab ). The tent in the centre of the square is the tent of the regent and surrounding tents are for high lamas and ministers. The tents in the outer cirlce are for guards. [TS 5/4/2005]

Other Information - There is some confusion over whether this is the tented camp of the Regent or the Dalai Lama. If the date of the photograph is June 1939, the Dalai Lama would not have arrived in central Tibet as yet. However, the camp does bear some resemblance to that which was set up to receive the Dalai Lama to Lhasa in October 1939 with the Peacock Tent in the centre. [KC 18/4/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image relates to a group of 15 contact prints which all have the same batch development number, 516 printed in black ink upon them. In this group of images there is one picture with Capt. A. H. O O’Malley, who had taken up the post of Medical Officer in Gyantse in July 1938 [see McKay 1997 p.236] and who visited Lhasa in early June 1939. Also, some of the images are from a ceremony at Darpoling Monastery on the 15th Day of the 5th Month, which Richardson states he saw only once and which correlate with the year 1939. Many of the images were taken in and around Lhalu mansion [MS 19/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tented camp of the Regent" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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