Bell's camp at Phondo

Bell's camp at Phondo

1998.286.229 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo

August 28th or September 3rd 1921


Talung Valley Region > Phondo

Accession number


Image Dimensions

78 x 103

Our camp at Phondo. Charles Bell's tent is left of centre. In the background is the village of Phondo

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

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] XLIV. [Subject of Chapter] Reting [Subject of Illustration] Q216 (f) Our camp at Phondo. My tent is the one on the left of the two larger white ones in the centre, with the verandah raised. In the background is the village of Phondo, built under the cliff. See Diary XII p. 46."

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary entry for 28th August 1921: "The elevation of Phon-do [tibetan transcription] is 13,500ft (13,600 by aneroid, 13,300 by ?meter height, increasing it by 200 ft). The temperature in my miniature Swiss Cottage tent, ten ft by eight ft, rose to 78 degrees in the day and descended to 38 degrees at night" [Diary Vol. XII, p.46]

Other Information - Historical Background: At the end of August Sir Charles Bell and Robert Kennedy went on a tour of the country north of Lhasa to Reting monastery. This photograph was taken on this trip [MS 17/9/2004]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Bell's camp at Phondo" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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