The road leading from Gyantse to Lhasa

The road leading from Gyantse to Lhasa

BMH.A.23.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 16th 1927

Named Person



Gyantse Region > Road leading to Lhasa

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 113 mm

The road leading to Lhasa from Gyantse. Gyantse dzong can be seen on a steep hill in the lower centre background of the image. A small village is on the left and the larger building on the right is part of a monastery. People can be seen walking along the road towards Gyantse. Tami, Hopkinson's orderly, can be seen mounted on a white horse on the right of the image. Hopkinson and others based at Gyantse Trade Agency were on their way to have lunch with Taring Raja and his family, who lived 7 miles outside Gyantse along the Lhasa Road

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

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Other Information

In Negative - 'A23' has been written on the right edge of the negative in black ink. The negative has been machine perforated along the right edge. 24 holes have been perforated in total [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: "View of Gyantse from Lhasa Rd - (Tami in foreground)". The number 32 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]: 'Visit to Tering - Jan 26 [ sic ] - view of Gyantse' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '23 - the road into Gyantse with, in the middle distance the
dzong , with the town huddled down out of sight. On the left is a small village on the outskirts of town, and the larger building on the right is part of the small monastery (perhaps Ri-ton, which was translated for AJH [Hopkinson] as 'a place of retreat' ' [MS 21/04/2006]

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, Diary January 16th dated Gyantse 21 Jan 1927, page F [MS 24/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The road leading from Gyantse to Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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