View of Potala and Chakpori

View of Potala and Chakpori

1998.285.580.2 (Lantern Slide)

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Key Information


Willoughby Patrick Rosemeyer


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Lhasa > Potala (from south) >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 81 mm

Looking across Lhasa towards Potala (right) and Chakpori (left).

Further Information

Photographic Process

Lantern Slide

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

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] L. [Subject of Chapter] Lhasa. [Subject of illustration] P.522 (bx) Looking across Lhasa towards Potala (right) and Chakpori (left). [Remarks] Rosemeyer's. L.259 (D.L)"

Notes on print/mount - '16' has been written in blue ink. This number refers to a sub-set of slides used by Bell in his lantern lectures [MS 7/9/2004]

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 Norbu Lingka 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]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "View of Potala and Chakpori" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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