Tami, Hopkinson's orderly

Tami, Hopkinson's orderly

BMH.A.57.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

December 1926 - February 1927?

Named Person



Chumbi Valley Region > Yatung >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

112 x 85

Tami was A. J. Hopkonson's orderly. He was half Chinese and half Tibetan and Hopkinson mentions him frequently in his diaries and journals. His brother, Hubba, was orderly to Dr Vance, the Medical Officer at Gyantse. The fence in the background suggests that this image was taken in the Chumbi Valley, probably in Yatung

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Previous Catologue Number


Other Information

In Negative - 'A57' has been written on the top edge of the negative in black ink. The negative has been machine perforated along the bottom edge. 12 holes have been perforated in total [MS 12/05/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print appears to have been removed from an album, as there are traces of black mounting paper around the edges of the print as if it has been taken out after previously being glued in place. A partially decipherable caption has been written on the back in pencil: "Ta-mi my servant (Chino-Tibetan or 'Ko-Ko')". The number 8 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'Ta-mi' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '57 - Tami, one of the servants of AJH' [MS 21/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tami, Hopkinson's orderly" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.A.57.1.html>.

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