Tent pegging practice

Tent pegging practice

1998.131.503 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Major Finch?


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

December 1936?



Accession number


Image Dimensions

61 x 93

Tent pegging practice. A horse rider practises targeting tent pegs that have been implanted in the ground

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Mrs Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

F.8 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - 'F-8' has been scratched into the negative along the bottom edge [MS 30/03/2006]

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]: 'Tent pegging' [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Location: This image was probably taken in Gyantse as it falls in a sequence of images in the handlist taken in this place [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Photographer: It is possible that this image was taken not by Chapman but by another photographer, possibly Major Finch, who was made the new Commander of the Gyantse escort in November 1936 and who visited Lhasa for Christmas and New Year, departing on January 2nd 1937. 'F' in this case, therefore, may refer to Major Finch, as the sequence of images suggests a very brief stay in Lhasa around the New Year period, followed by a return to Gyantse. In this case, according to the order of images taken, this image would have been taken before departing for Lhasa. Chapman asked other members of the Mission to use his additional cameras at times, and/or acquired images from them that they took for themselves to include in the Mission collection. It was his habit to identify Nepean's images by inscribing the negative with 'YN' and this may explain the use of 'F' scratched into the negative in this case [MS 7/3/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tent pegging practice" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.131.503%0B.html>.

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