2001.35.381.1 (Print Black & White)
Frederick Spencer Chapman
Evan Yorke Nepean
December 10th 1936
Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka
72 x 105 mm
Loaned August 2002
British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37
BH.11 [view film roll]
Notes on print/mount: 'Nepean'; [ink no:] ; [pencil no:] BH/11; [blue no:] . [KC 05/08/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Nepean v. [ticked by FSC]' [MS 25/03/2006]
Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.), 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947', Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003, p.152.
Biographical Information - Evan Nepean (1909-2002) was a member of the Royal Corps of Signals and was posted to Lhasa in 1936 to work for Gould. Along with Dagg his job was to set up and operate the portable wireless which the British took with them. This had a great impact in curbing the power of the Chinese Mission as it provided another route through which information could be sent into and out of Lhasa. As well as this Nepean and Dagg were in charge of entertainment setting up PA systems and film shows for the various Tibetans with whom the British interacted. He was also an amateur photographer often accompanying and assisting Spencer Chapman on his photographic excursions. Nepean compiled a personal album of photographs from his time in Lhasa. He was only in the city for three months before being re-posted. [CH 2003]
Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'BH.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Officials, a Khampa man, Sir Basil Gould and various personnel on the Mission in 1936-7. They all seem to have been taken on or just prior to December 10th 1936. On the occasion of this photograph it seems that the Mission staff were all having their portraits taken in formal dress prior to an official visit to Kundeling Monastery to see the 'Disease Chasing Ceremony'. [MS 16/03/2006]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Evan Yorke Nepean" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.381.1.html>.
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