School at Lhasa

School at Lhasa

1998.285.520 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo




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Image Dimensions

80 x 137 mm

School at Lhasa, boy showing writing to teacher.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St. Antony's College, Oxford


Sir Charles Bell

Photo also owned by

Sir Charles Bell; Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections


'The People of Tibet', Sir Charles Bell, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXIX. [Subject of Chapter] Education. [Subject of illustration] P.299 (a) School at Lhasa, boy showing writing to teacher. Backward write on broad wooden slates, more advanced on narrow strips of paper. [Remarks] Rosemeyer's"

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: A date of 1922 has been given to this image because this is the first date that one can determine that Rosemeyer went to Lhasa officially. This journey was made in order to complete the extension of the telegraph line from Gyantse to the capital. According to the Assistant Engineer W. H. King, Rosemeyer and the team were allowed to wander freely around the Potala and the Norbulinka in order to connect the telegraph lines there: "Rosemeyer was given permission to photograph anything he liked except one image in the Cathedral" [King, W. H. The Telegraph to Lhasa in 'The Geographical Journal', Vol. LXIII No.6, June 1924: 529] [MS 29/7/2004]

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, facing p.204:"A small school in Lhasa. Boy showing writing to teacher. The backward boys write on broad, wooden slates; the more advanced on narrow strips of paper." [MS 10/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "School at Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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