1922.214.171.124.2 (Album Print black & white)
H. Staunton ?
Hugh Richardson Sir Basil Gould
Chumbi Valley Region > Natu La
119 x 88 mm
Print gelatin silver
Notes on album mount - "Richardson Gould Natu La Pass 15, 3000" is written in pencil in capital letters in Staunton's hand.
Manual Catalogues - "Feb 1940" [Hugh Richardson in conversation with Roger Croston, detailed in H. Staunton undated Related Documents File, PRM Manuscript Collections]
Other Information - Setting: F Spencer Chapman writes in Lhasa: The Holy City , London: Readers Union Ltd, 1940, p. 15, "The main Lhasa-India trade route, together with the telegraph line, goes to Kalimpong in the extreme north of Bengal. This route crosses the southern ridge of the Himalaya by the Jelep La, a pass slightly higher and much more difficult than the Natu La, which descends directly to Gangtok. ... Thus it is that the bulk of the Tibetan trade, more especially the wool traffic, goes to Kalimpong, leaving the shorter Natu La track comparitively free." Also, p.9, "From Gangtok the mule-track starts for the Natu La, and from Kalimpong the longer and more difficult road leaves for the Jelep La. By these two passes the road from Lhasa crosses the main range of the himalaya on its way to India, consequently Kalimpong and Gangtok are the great centres for the Tibetan trade, especially in wool." [KC 7/12/2005]
Other Information - Album: This image appears in Staunton's personal album on a page (19126.96.36.199) with three other images. [KC 6/12/2005]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Basil Gould and Hugh Richardson on the Natu La" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_19188.8.131.52.2.html>.
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