Chumbi Valley

Chumbi Valley

1998.131.115 (Contact Print)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 2nd 1936


Chumbi Valley Region

Accession number


Image Dimensions

88 x 61

Looking down onto the Chumbi Valley between Champithang and Yatung

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

CA.26 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'CA.26' has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has 'F. S. Chapman', apparently in Chapman's own hand. A further inscription of '135??' has been made in the top right hand corner, but this has been cut through and is thus partially indecipherable [MS 09/03/2006]

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]: 'Looking down onto Chumbi' [MS 08/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CA' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Residency, Gangtok and the Mission party preparing to go to Lhasa, the Maharanee of Sikkim, journey near Karponang, Changu Lake, Champithang and Chumbi Valley, Kargyu monastery and Yatung. At the top of the list is the comment ‘8, 9, 13, 17, 19, 20, 28, 31, 33, 36, 37 already enlarged 4x6. 3 copies’ [MS 08/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: Entry in Mission Diary for August 1st 1936: "Across the [Natu La] pass we were in Tibet and in an offshoot of the fertile and well watered Chumbi Valley. The tree line is very high, at nearly 14,000 feet, and the jungle here is a blaze of wild flowers. Chapman collected over a hundred varieties of flowers around Champithang Bungalow at over 13,000 feet. // We lunched en route and reached the bungalow early in the afternoon" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part I p. 2, written by Neame] [MS 08/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Chumbi Valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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