Road leading into Gyantse

Road leading into Gyantse

BMH.A.21.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 2nd 1927?

Named Person

Tsering Wangdi


Gyantse Region >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 112 mm

A group of A. J. Hopkinson's transport ponies taking him to Gyantse for the first time as British Trade Agent in January 1927. This is the road leading into Gyantse. Tibetan men can be seen holding the reins and Hopkinson refers to one of them as Wangdi, the Head Tibetan Clerk at Gyantse. This is probably the second man on the right. Horses and grooms are standing next to a frozen stream. The dog in the centre was called Khyitra and Hopkinson states that he runs all the way from Gyantse to Yatung [see Notes]

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Previous Catologue Number


Other Information

In Negative - 'A21' has been written on the right edge of the negative in black ink. The negative has been machine perforated along the right edge. 18 holes have been perforated in total although some have been cropped [MS 05/05/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print appears to have been removed from an album, as there are traces of black mounting paper around the edges of the print as if it has been taken out after previously being glued in place. A partially decipherable caption has been written on the back in pencil: "[?] R. S. Wangdi in front - in middle 'Khyitra' [?] small dog, which runs [?] the march from Gyantse to Yatung". The number 4 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. [MS 24/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'On road to [Gyantse] - Wangdi etc' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, Letter dated January 3, page 1 - 6 [MS 24/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Road leading into Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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