Lhalu Mansion, Lhasa

Lhalu Mansion, Lhasa

1998.131.460 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 8th 1937?


Lhasa > Lhalu House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

158 x 108

The Lhalu mansion in Lhasa. Mounting blocks can be seen in the foreground.

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

BI.27 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'BI.27' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 27/03/2006]

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]: 'Ditto [Lhalu house front entrance] vert.' [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image may have been taken on December 8th 1937. On the following day Lhalu Se attended a dinner at the Dekyi Lingka, hosted by the Mission. This image is one of a series taken in and around the Lhalu mansion and of Lhalu Se apparently on the day before. It became increasingly common for Chapman to be invited to the houses of officials to take photographs, and it seems also to have been increasingly common for the Mission to use the images as a means of breaking-the-ice at formal parties by ensuring that still and cine films were developed before the arrival of the guests. [MS 27/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BI' are a group of negatives containing images of the Lord Chamberlain, the Rumba family, Khampa people, Mongolian women, Lhasa, Iamtso, Lalu Se, Lalu Monastery. They seem to have been taken between January 4th - 9th 1937 [MS 10/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Lhalu Mansion, Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.460.html>.

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