Ngagchen Rinpoche

Ngagchen Rinpoche

1998.131.637 (Film negative)

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Photographer's handlist

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

November 4th 1936

Named Person

Ngagchen Rinpoche


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

114 x 85

Portrait of Ngagchen Rinpoche, a Ta Lama, with a brocade water bottle cover hanging down at the front of his costume. Trees in the Dekyi Lingka can be seen in the background, as can a small chorten in the distance

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate , Negative Quarter Plate

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.12.2 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - '2' has been scratched into the bottom of the negative in the right hand corner. This has enabled identification of the image as 'C.12.2' in Chapman's handlist of images made whilst in Lhasa [MS 06/04/2006]

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]: 'Nagachon [Ngagchen] Rimpoche'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘32/2 - Ngagchen Rimpoche, the Tashi Lama’s chief agent in Lhasa. He is a Ta Lama’ [MS 06/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.12' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Ladakhi men, Ngagchen Rimpoche, Mir/Amir Khan (the mission cook), football match, Dagg, Kham dancers, Nechung, Drepung, the Potala and the sand track approaching it. They all seem to have been taken between October 28th and November 15th 1936 [MS 06/04/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Entry in Mission Diary for November 4th 1936: "Ngagchen Rimpoche came to lunch. He is a genial, bald-headed man with a 'goatee' beard and a twinkle in his eye. He is a great diplomatist. When he first came to see us he quibbled to such an extent that we discovered nothing - which was his intention. But today he was in most confidential mood, and the reputation of no high official in Lhasa was proof against his caustic - but generally just - criticism" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part VIII p. 3, written by Chapman] [MS 06/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ngagchen Rinpoche" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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