Tibetan shepherd

Tibetan shepherd

1998.131.200 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

October 14th - 17th 1936


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

173 x 115 mm

Close-up of a Tibetan shepherd. The man is wearing a chuba and a hat. The hillside in the background is out of focus. A metal button can be seen at the top edge of the chuba coat. A half-portrait showing head and upper body

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

Previous Catologue Number

CD.31 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


This Image also appears in another collection



'Lhasa the Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto and Windus, 1940 [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - "34d" has been written in pencil in the top left hand corner. There are a variety of other crop and proof markings on the back of the print, including the instruction to "Reduce to 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" - cut a little if necessary". This is different to many of the publishers instructions seen on Chapman's pictures, which preference cropping to reduction. 'C-D-31' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 17/1/2005]

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]: 'Old shepherd who slung stones close up'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 4: ‘9/5 - Old muleteer’ [MS 13/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: This is the same man seen in 1998.131.199 in a full-length portrait carrying a sling. Images prefixed with 'CD.' seem to have been taken in October 1936, with this image datable to the period 14th - 17th October by cross-referencing it to the related image of this shepherd, above. 'CD.' prefixed images comprise a group of negatives containing images of Sera monastery, Gundeling, Potala, Chakpori, swans and hoopoe, shepherd with sling, Dekyi Lingka, stone lions outside Chinese legation, elephant passing the Potala [MS 20/1/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tibetan shepherd" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.200.html>.

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