Kargyu Monastery

Kargyu Monastery

1998.131.130 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman? Evan Yorke Nepean?


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 2nd 1936


Chumbi Valley Region > Kargyu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90

Kargyu Monastery in Chumbi Valley seen from above

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Revised Photographer


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - There is a slight scratch in the bottom left hand corner of the negative, somewhat reminiscent of the scratches that are made to identify images taken by Evan Yorke Nepean [YN.XX] but not completed [MS 09/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: August 2nd: "The march started in drizzling rain along a very muddy more or less level track until a mile above Kargyu Gompa we went very steeply downhill. Everywhere masses of lovely wild flowers abounded, the most noticeable being a red wild rose, and a lovely small azalea covered with white or creamy blossom" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', part 1, written by Brig. Philip Neame] [MS 09/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: " Gould and I walked all the way to the monastery. I collected flowers. ... The path ran gently downhill among pine trees for several miles then quite suddenly came out at the top of an open bank sloping steeply down to Kargyu monastery. // This south-facing slope was a veritable flower garden. ... Away down below we can see the winding river of the Chumbi valley set among a chequer-work of fields, green and gold and brown. Villages of grey roofed chalets cluster at the foot of the heavily wooded hill-sides. ...// The monastery of Kargyu, on the spur of a hill commanding the Chumbi valley, looks lovely from above with its ash-grey shingle roof and brightly painted walls." ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, pp. 24-5]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Kargyu Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.130.html>.

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