Village in Chumbi Valley near Sikkim border

Village in Chumbi Valley near Sikkim border

BMH.B.4.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

February 8th 1927?


Chumbi Valley Region > Rinchengong

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 112

Although Hopkinson states that this image is of Pema, it might also be Rinchengong, the last village in Tibet before entering Bhutan, close to Kargyu [see Notes]. Aerial photograph taken from a hillside overlooking the valley with the small village scattered on both sides of the river which winds through cultivated fields. There is a light fall of snow on the higher hillsides in the distance. This photograph was probably taken in February 1927 when Hopkinson was travelling to Gangtok

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 - 'B-4' has been written on the left side of the negative in blue-black ink [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: "near to [?Kargyu]. The mountains beyond are Bhutan. From near Kargyu Febry 8th? 1927". A later annotation of 'Rinchingong near Kargyu' has also been added in pencil. The number 13 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. [MS 29/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet B']: '4 - Pema' [MS 21/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Village in Chumbi Valley near Sikkim border" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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