1998.131.161 (Contact Print)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 6th 1936



Accession number


Image Dimensions

62 x 88

View of Chomolhari taken with telephoto lens. Originally the extreme left hand image in a four-part panoramic view

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

CG.34 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'CG.34' has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has 'F. Spencer Chapman' apparently in Chapman's own hand. In addition 'Pan + 33, 32, 31' has been written in pencil, identifying that this image was originally part of a multi-shot panoramic view [MS 10/03/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written handlist of negatives taken whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Telephoto. Panorama of Chomolhari' [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CG' belong to a group of negatives containing images of Phari, Chomolhari, Dr Tunyip, Phari Dzongpen, Tuna, telephoto panorama of Chomolhari apparently taken on August 5th and 6th 1936. A hand written note at the bottom of the list states ‘2 1/4 x 3 1/4 gone to album', meaning that they had been selected for inclusion in the draft album, from which official selections of photographs of the mission were made. This image forms a panorama with CG.31, CG.32 and CG.33 [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Chapman went on to make an acclaimed conquest of Mount Chomolhari following his departure from the Mission in 1936. In his book on his time in Lhasa, he indicates some of the early excitement he felt at seeing this mountain, and how it awakened his passionate interest in mountaineering: " August 6th: to Tuna (10,000 ft): 21 miles. - Slept well. Woke at four to see Chomolhari a forbidding black cone surrounded by a wreath of nebulous cloud. An incredible mountain - for impression of sheer height and grandeur it surpasses any I have ever seen, except the Matterhorn. Put on gym-shoes and ran up the rounded hill to the north-east with the idea of examining its approaches. ... I had a good view of the long southern snowface of Chomolhari. It is not very steep, and though it is cut by several ice-falls it looks possible if once one could cross the intervening valleys and get on to it. The north and east faces look quite unclimbable" ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, pp. 35-6]

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

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