Sera from nearby mountainside

Sera from nearby mountainside

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

October 25th 1936


Lhasa Area > Sera

Accession number


An aerial view of Sera Monastery taken from the surrounding hills in the north east of Lhasa. Chapman in particular would usually take to the hills on his days off and took many aerial and panoramic photographs on these occasions

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

CE.21 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Sera' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 12/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'View down onto Sera'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘14/1 - Sera Monastery from above’ [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside three others of Sera and Drepung Monasteries on page 20 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CE' comprise group of negatives containing images of crowds coming to watch football match, hill monastery, views of Sera and plain, big Buddha painting and small Buddha carvings, lunch with Chikyak Kempo, R. S Norbhu, Chinese wireless and scenes around Chikyak Kempo’s house, roofs of Cathedral [Jo Khang. They were all taken between October 20th - 27th 1936, with this image probably being taken on October 25th, a Sunday and therefore a day off for Mission personnel who frequently went into the surrounding hills on these occasions [see text of Mission Diary] [MS 12/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Sera from nearby mountainside" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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