Views from Natu La

Views from Natu La

BMH.B.13.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

February 9th 1927?


Chumbi Valley Region > Natu La

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 106

The top of the pass known as Natu La, which formed the crossing point from Sikkim into Tibet, with mount Chomolhari visible in the centre distance. In this photograph, which Hopkinson states was taken at 8.30 a.m., the sky is relative clear. However, it should be compared with BMH.B.12.1, taken just half an hour later, in which the snow clouds have rolled in so densely that the landscape is barely visible. This photograph was taken in very cold weather conditions using a tripod stand.

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 - The negative has been cut very crudely down both the left and right hand edges of the image [MS 29/06/2006]

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: "[?] - Cho-mo-lha-ri in the distance - Bebry 8th 1927 - 8.30 am". 'H12' has also been written on the back in pencil, and the number '3' has been written on the front top right corner, also in pencil. [MS 29/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet B']: '13 - Ditto [View from Nathu] with Chomolhari' [MS 21/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph has been dated February 8th 1927 according to the caption on the back of the print. However, in Hopkinson's Diary he states that he travelled over the Natu La on February 9th 1927 and the image has been given this date as the more contemporary reference. For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, undated diary entry, page A [MS 29/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Views from Natu La" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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