Potala from the west

Potala from the west

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

October 14th - 17th 1936


Lhasa Area > Potala (from west)

Accession number


A distant view of the Potala, taken from a mountainside to the west of Lhasa. The Pargo Kaling gateway and the lower reaches of Chakpori can be seen in the right of the image. There is some low-lying cloud in the distance and the slight haze over the village of Sho at the foot of the Potala suggests that this image could have been taken in the early morning

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

CD.16 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Same as 22 [CD.22 - Potala] but road shows in foreground'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘1/2 - Potala and hamlet of Shu from top of Medical College hill. Pargo Kaling (Western gate) in centre foreground [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears by itself on page 2 of Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936'. It also appears as part of a group of four photographs of the Potala on page 11 [MS 10/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CD' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Sera monastery, Gundeling, Potala, Chakpori, swans and hoopoe, shepherd with sling, Dekyi Lingka, stone lions outside Chinese legation, elephant passing the Potala, all taken in mid-October 1936 [MS 10/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Potala from the west" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMR.>.

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