Convicts in chains begging

Convicts in chains begging

BMH.C.26.1 (Contact Print)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

June 21st 1927?


Gyantse >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

84 x 108

Two convicts begging for alms whilst wearing manacles on their ankles. This photograph appears in the middle of a series of images taken at the annual Gun and Arrow Shooting competition and Hopkinson describes seeing many beggars on that occasion. It may be, therefore, that this photograph was taken on that day. They are protruding their tongues in the conventional sign of respect and pleading

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


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

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - "Prisoners 'doing time' - (they are turned loose to beg their living with leg-irons on", 'A. J. Hopkinson' and the references 'C.26' and 'H6' have all been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 01/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet C']: 'Prisoners begging' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Beggars. Tongues out in gesture of politeness' [MS 01/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image and further description, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing June 26th 1927, Gyantse, pages 1-3 [MS 01/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Convicts in chains begging" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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