Throne in Norbu Lingka

Throne in Norbu Lingka

2001.35.314.1 (Print Black & White)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

September 6th 1936


Lhasa > Norbu Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

73 x 105 mm

Ornately carved throne and table with a solitary tea cup, a richly woven carpet on the floor and exquisite murals on the wall behind in the Norbhu Lingka palace.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number

CB.39 [view film roll]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Throne; ink no: 58; pencil no: CB/38; blue no: 40'; from an envelope marked 'Scenes around Lhasa and the Norbhu Lingka = Jewel Park, the summer palace' [KC 14/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'D.L.’s images and water-cup - upstairs left, scratched' [MS 14/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: The inscription on the back of the image was originally 'CB/39' but this has been deleted and replaced with 'CB/38'. In fact, by cross referencing the image with the Draft Mission Album on loan to the PRM for the exhibition 'Seeing Lhasa', it has been possible to identify the original inscription as being correct. Initially this image seems to have been selected for the draft Mission album but has then been de-selected with the word ‘No’ written next to the scratched-out blue circle which usually identifies images in the album. [MS 14/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CB' taken on the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936 - 37 comprise a group of negatives containing images of yak hide boats and horses on and in the Tsangpo river, gifts being offered, Mission and Tibetan officials, scenes along the banks of the river and near Chusul and a ‘monastery village’ near Chusul. The collection of images have been given the heading ‘Army and Navy Prints’ at the top of Chapman’s hand-written list. They were taken on September 6th - 7th 1936 [MS 14/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Throne in Norbu Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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