Reting Rinpoche in Shide Drokhang

Reting Rinpoche in Shide Drokhang

1998.131.517 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 28th 1936

Named Person

Reting Rinpoche


Lhasa > Shide Drokhang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

121 x 164

The Regent of Tibet in his summer palace, Shide Drokhang, attached to Shide Monastery. Carved and painted furniture can be seen decorating the room

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

C.1.6 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'C-1-6' has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as has another reference 'CC' [MS 01/04/2006]

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]: 'In Regent’s room. Norbhu on left. R [Regent] sitting' [Note: this caption does not relate to the image that appears with this reference in the draft album of the Mission or that seen here, in which Norbhu is not visible] [MS 01/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.1' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Gould, Prime Minister, Regent, ‘big’ monk. They all seem to have been taken on August 27th -28th 1936, with this image of the Regent being taken on the latter day [MS 01/04/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary entry for August 28th 1936: "We called this morning on the Regent at his private residence which is a newly built small house or pavilion in the grounds of Shide Gompa in the city of Lhasa. ... // The young Regent was much more natural and talkative here than in the Potala yesterday. This time the Prime Minister was not present and only a very friendly Dzasa in chief attendance with several minor officials. All were very friendly and natural. ... //Neame and Chapman were allowed to take photos and cine of the Regent; amongst his attendants was a giant lama. some 7-feet high, and when Neame snapped him he began to talk and wave his arms. These were not threatening gestures as he was only asking for a copy of the photo" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part IV p. 4, written by Neame] [MS 01/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Reting Rinpoche in Shide Drokhang" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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