The Tibetan Trade Agent, Sonam Tobden and Wangdi

The Tibetan Trade Agent, Sonam Tobden and Wangdi

BMH.B.7.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

December 26th 1926?

Named Person

Sonam Tobden, Miru Gyalwa, Tsering Wangdi


Chumbi Valley Region > Pipitang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 115

Right to left: Sonam Tobden, the Head Clerk of Yatung, The Tibetan Trade Agent Depon Miru Gyalwa and Rai Sahib Tsering Wangdi, the Head Tibetan Clerk at Gyantse. This photograph was taken at Pipitang outside the residence of the Tibetan Trade Agent in December 1926 when Hopkinson visited the Depon en route to his post in Gyantse. A. J. Hopkinson dined there on a number of occasions, although his diaries and journals fail to conceal that he sometimes found these visits trying

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

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 to L: Sonam (Hd. Clerk Yatung) - Tibetan Trade Agent - Rai Sahib Wangdi (Clerk Gyantse)". The number 6 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. [MS 29/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet B']: '7 - Sonam Wangdi and Depon' [MS 21/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Dating of the image has been achieved by cross-referencing with image BMH.8.1 [see Notes on print/mount] and A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, pages 6-12, especially page 9 [MS 29/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Tibetan Trade Agent, Sonam Tobden and Wangdi" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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