Dr Tonyot, Sonam Tobden, Pemba Tsering

Dr Tonyot, Sonam Tobden, Pemba Tsering

BMH.A.59.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

December 1926 - February 1927?

Named Person

Tonyot Tsering, Sonam Tobden, Pemba Tsering


Chumbi Valley Region > Yatung > British Trade Agent's House >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 118

Dr Tonyot, wearing a suit, Sonam Tobden in the centre and Pemba Tsering, right, sitting in the garden of the British Trade Agent's house in Yatung. Sonam was Head Clerk at Yatung Trade Agency and Pemba was the 2nd Clerk at Yatung

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 - 'A59' has been written on the right edge of the negative in black ink. The negative has been machine perforated along the left edge. 12 holes have been perforated in total [MS 12/05/2006]

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: "L to R - Doctor - Sonam (Babu) Pemba (Babu)". The number 4 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. [MS 26/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'Tonyot, Pemba, Sonam' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '59 - the centre figure is the clerk of AJH [Arthur Hopkinson], Sonam Tobden (later Rai Bahadur ST). The man on his right is probably Nepalese given his costume. The other one was the servant of AJH, and was doubtless related to Sonam Tobden; the latter eventually became quite a local landowner' [MS 21/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Dr Tonyot, Sonam Tobden, Pemba Tsering" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.A.59.1.html>.

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