Mr and Mrs Pemba

Mr and Mrs Pemba

BMH.F.50.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 28th 1928?

Named Person

Pemba Tsering, Pemba Tsering's wife


Gyantse > Fort

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 113

Mr and Mrs Pemba photographed in Gyantse. Pemba is wearing a brocade waistcoat while his wife wears a headdress decorated with corals and with other suspended ornaments typical of the Lhasa region

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 - 'F.50' has been written on the left edge of the negative in blue-black ink [MS 11/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet F']: 'Pemba and Mrs Pemba' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Mr and Mrs Pemba. They were both drowned in the Gyantse flood of 1949 (or 1950) - two local rivers (one coming down from Shigatse, the other from above Gyantse) which met at Gyantse were in flood at the same time with the result that the British Fort was swept away. The same flood carried away the painted wooden summer palace of the Tashi Lama further downstream' [MS 10/08/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This photograph may have been taken on January 28th 1928. Hopkinson wrote in his journal letters for this date that the Taring’s came to play football but were prevented by a dust storm so played roulette instead: “Mrs Pemba wore a Lhassa headdress and Miss Tering a Gyantse one. Tering and his boys are just off to Lhassa for the New Year, and I am giving Jigme some money to buy curios on my behalf” [A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing January 25th 1928, Gyantse, page 6]. Although Hopkinson dined with the Taring's on a number of occasions, this dating corresponds with the sequence of images that seems to exist in Hopkinson's negative album labelled 'F' in the British Museum Collection [MS 12/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mr and Mrs Pemba" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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