Taring family in Hopkinson's room in Gyantse fort

Taring family in Hopkinson's room in Gyantse fort

BMH.F.52.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 28th 1928?

Named Person

Chime Taring, Pemba Tsering's wife, Miss Taring, Jigme Taring, Raja Taring, Captain Dean


Gyantse > Fort

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 115

The Taring family and Captain Dean in A. J. Hopkinson's room in Gyantse Fort. Back row left to right: Shime Taring, Jigme Taring. Front row left to right: Mrs Pemba, Miss Taring, Taring Raja, Captain Dean. Various ornaments collected by A. J. Hopkinson can be seen in his room such as thangka and prayer wheels. A photograph of his future wife, Eleanor, can also be seen on the mantelpiece. The wall paper was imported from India

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-52' has been written in the bottom right corner of the negative on the emulsion side in blue-black ink [MS 11/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet F']: 'Group in my room F-8-30' [MS 05/05/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '52 - taken in the room of Mr H. [Hopkinson] in the Fort, where he is entertaining. The guests are, left to right, Mrs Pemba, Miss Taring, Taring Raja and Captain Dean; also two younger people in the background - Shime and Jigme. Amongst other things seen there is a photograph of Mrs H. taken in the Lake District before she was engaged' [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. "Taring family in Hopkinson's room in Gyantse fort" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.F.52.1.html>.

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