Potala from the west

Potala from the west

1998.131.292 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

November 13th - 15th 1936


Lhasa > Potala (from west)

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

The Potala seen from the west across the plain. People walking along a track, some with mules. Large shadow cast in the bottom right hand corner of the image

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

C.12.18 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The number 'C-12/18' has been written on the back of the print in pencil. The name 'F. S. Chapman' has been written in the top left hand corner of the back of the print [MS 2/4/2005]

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]: 'Potala and sand track approaching L. [Lhasa]' [MS 18/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.12' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Ladakhi men, Ngagchen Rimpoche, Mir/Amir Khan (the mission cook), football match, Dagg, Kham dancers, Nechung, Drepung, Potala and sand track approaching it. They all seem to have been taken between October 28th and November 15th 1936 [MS 18/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: It is unusual to see the view from this sandy path from where the view is less scenic [TS 7/2/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala from the west" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.292.html>.

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