Mission personnel preparing to go to Potala

Mission personnel preparing to go to Potala

1998.131.380 (Film negative)

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Key Information




Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

November 22nd 1936

Named Person

Sidney Dagg, Evan Nepean, Norbhu Dhondup, Hugh Richardson, Sir Basil Gould, Dr Morgan


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 113

The whole of the 1936 British Mission to Lhasa. Sir Basil Gould can be seen in full uniform in the centre. The main mission party was preparing to go to the Potala later in the morning, the wearing of formal dress for the occasion providing an opportunity to take photographs

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

C.18.4 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - 'C 18 4' has been scratched into the negative in the bottom right hand corner [MS 22/03/2006]

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]: 'Whole party out of focus. Nurgul on extreme left' [MS 22/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.18' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the mission personnel, the Dalai Lamas’ tombs and the Potala. They seem all to have been taken November 22nd 1936. Prior to the visit, Chapman and other mission members took photographs of all the Mission staff, apparently taking advantage of the fact they were donned in formal attire in preparation for their official visit to the Potala [MS 18/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mission personnel preparing to go to Potala" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.380.html>.

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