British Residency, Gangtok

British Residency, Gangtok

1998.285.6 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

November 1921


Gangtok > British Residency

Accession number


Image Dimensions

120 x 163 mm

British Residency and gardens, Gangtok, in 1921. Closer view of Residency building with two Sikkimese orderlies standing in front of it; landscaped gardens visible

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford.

Copy difference

Lantern Image slightly shortened 1.5mm


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Photo also owned by

Royal Central Asiatic Society

Previous Catologue Number

See H.6

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - No separate entry in Bell's List of Illustrations, but may be cross-referenced with H.6, for which the entry is: "[No. of chapter] 1. [Subject of Chapter] Sikkim. [Subject of illustration] H6 (q) The Residency, Gangtok, in 1921. [Remarks] L2 [lantern slide 2]"

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Bell returned to Gangtok on November 10th 1921, marking the end of his mission to Lhasa [MS 25/02/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: "Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. During recent years this village on the mountain side, one of the world's smallest capitals, has acquired a share in the Tibetan trade. When I was in Sikkim, we arranged camping-grounds with fuel, fodder and water at convenient stages along the mountain tracks, a site for warehouses in the vicinity of Gangtok while the administration of the State was regularized more or less on British lines. So the Tibetan traders, who value just laws and a stable administration, even though of foreign make, have begun gradually to use Gangtok as a trading centre." 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, p.113

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "British Residency, Gangtok" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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