Shide Drokhang, aerial view

Shide Drokhang, aerial view

1998.131.514 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

January 27th 1937


Lhasa > Shide Drokhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

115 x 160

The Regent of Tibet's palace from above, Shide Drokhang. Situated north of Shide monastery which is affiliated to Reting monastery. Decoration on roof - auspicious banners and devil catchers on corners. This image was probably taken from the roof of Shide Monastery, which lies immediately to the south of this summer house

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

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

2.12 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - '2-12' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [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]: 'Regent’s Palace from above, people walking away' [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with '2' comprise a group of negatives including images of Khampa people, Khenchung, a shuttle cock game and images of the Regent’s palace. They seem to have been taken between January 15th - 27th 1937 [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: This image seems to have been taken from the roof of Shide Monastery. Mission Diary entry for January 27th 1937: "Dagg set up our apparatus and we gave the Regent a second film show in a large room of the monastery attached to his summer palace. He was most interested in the colour films we have taken around Lhasa, especially the one of his departure on the occasion of his visit to Samye Monastery in October" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part XIII p. 2, written by Chapman] [MS 30/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Shide Drokhang, aerial view" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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