Basil Gould bidding farewell to guests at children's party

Basil Gould bidding farewell to guests at children's party

1999. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


H. Staunton ?


Harry Staunton

Date of Photo

February - March 1940

Named Person

Norbhu Dhondup, Sir Basil Gould 14th Dalai Lama's father, 14th Dalai Lama's mother


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

118 x 89 mm

Basil Gould (centre) bidding farewell to the Dalai Lama's mother, Sonam Tsomo also known as Gyayum Chenmo, (he is holding her hand) and her family at the children's party in a courtyard of the Dekyi Linka. The Dalai Lama's father, Choekyong Tsering also known as Gyayub Chenmo, wearing light-coloured robes is to the left to Basil Gould. Rai Bahadur Norbu Dhondup is also on the left wearing an ornately patterned robe and a paper hat.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1999

Donated by

Diana Hughes


H. Staunton

Photo also owned by

Diana Hughes

Other Information

Notes on album mount - "Children's party at British Mission" is written on the album page (p.27) as a general caption for all four photogrsaphs on that page. Also, "R.B., D.L.'s father, B.J., D.L.'s mother" is written underneath the photograph in pencil[KC 6/1/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Basil Gould writes about the children's party in The Jewel in the Lotus , 1957, London: Chatto and Windus, "Some days later, grown-ups still being busy with ceremonies, we gave a children's party. Among the first to arrive was the family of the Dalai Lama ... But all the time the Dalai Lama's brother's and sister-in-law had been saving up crackers and balloons and toys for the Dalai Lama and they went off happy with a parcel of things in the uses of which they soon instructed him." (p.232)

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Basil Gould bidding farewell to guests at children's party " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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