Pulling the Agency car at Saugang

Pulling the Agency car at Saugang

BMH.B.38.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

March 10th 1927


Gyantse Region > Saugang

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 107

On March 8th 1927 Hopkinson and his aides left Phari by car and travelled to Dochen with much effort [see Notes]. The car had been the idea of the Political Officer Col. F. M. Bailey, who wanted to improve the speed of communications between Gangtok and the various offices of the Trade Agency in Tibet. This image was taken when Hopkinson was en route with the car to Gyantse the following day. Unfortunately, shortly after leaving Dochen the car got a puncture. On March 10th the car had to be physically hauled through the Red Idol Gorge to Saugang because of the dangerous state of the road. After reaching Saugang Hopkinson was then able to travel on the Gyantse, arriving the same day

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


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

Other Information

In Negative - The negative has been cut very crudely down the right hand side [MS 29/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet B']: '38 - Pulling car near Saugong' [MS 22/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing March 13th 1927, Gyantse, page 2 [MS 29/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Pulling the Agency car at Saugang" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.B.38.1.html>.

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