Rupon sings at a Dekyi Lingka party

Rupon sings at a Dekyi Lingka party

2001.35.384.1 (Print Black & White)

Image for comparison


Raw Image

Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

October 3rd 1936

Named Person



Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka

Accession number


Image Dimensions

106 x 72 mm

The Tibetan official Rupon sings into a microphone at a party held in the grounds of the Dekyi Lingka. Another Tibetan man looks on in the background

Further Information


Singing , Performing

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

CY.16 [view film roll]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount: [ink no:] 56; [pencil no:] CY/16; [blue no:] 53E. [KC 08/08/2006]

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]: 'Rupon singing with loudspeakers'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘28/3 - A cheerful Tibetan sing into the microphone’ [MS 08/08/2006]

Exhibition - This image appeared in the 2003 Temporary Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers "Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CY' taken during the 1936-7 British Mission to Lhasa under Sir Basil Gould comprise a group of negatives containing images of wireless, chang girls broadcasting, lunch party with Dagg, Chapman, Gyaltsen, Rupon, kitchen tent at Regent’s departure and picnic. They seem to have been taken during the period October 3rd - 6th 1936 [MS 08/08/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary for October 3rd: "Today we gave the last of our big lunch parties. The guests were officials below the fourth rank. They were as easy to entertain as all our earlier guests and it was an enjoyable afternoon but we were all relieved to see the end of a week of parties" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part VII p. 2, written by Hugh Richardson]. See Bodleian Library Hugh Richardson Archive MS. Or. Richardson 3 folio 42 for a fuller description of this event.[MS 08/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Rupon sings at a Dekyi Lingka party" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

For more information about photographic usage or to order prints, please visit the The Pitt Rivers Museum.

© The Pitt Rivers Museum