Shide Drokhang, aerial view

Shide Drokhang, aerial view

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

January 27th 1937


Lhasa > Shide Drokhang

Accession number


The Regent of Tibet's palace from above, Shide Drokhang. Situated north of Shide monastery which is affiliated to Reting monastery. Monks outside the palace. Decoration on roof - auspicious banners and devil catchers on corners. This image was probably taken from the roof of Shide Monastery, which lies immediately to the south of this summer house

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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

Previous Catologue Number

2.14 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Regent's House' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 12/06/2006]

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]: 'Ditto [Regent’s Palace from above] vertical'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 1, From Gangtok to the Natu La August 1936: ‘39/1 - The Regent’s summer palace behind Shiday [Shide] monastery. Sera monastery at foot of hills in distance’ [MS 30/03/2006]

Exhibition - This image appeared in the 2003 Temporary Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers "Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947"

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.), 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947', Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003, p. 114

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside two others on page 19 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with '2' comprise a group of negatives including images of Khampa people, Kinchung, a shuttle cock game and images of the Regent’s palace. They seem to have been taken between January 15th - 27th 1937 [MS 30/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: This image seems to have been taken from the roof of Shide Monastery. Mission Diary entry for January 27th 1937: "Dagg set up our apparatus and we gave the Regent a second film show in a large room of the monastery attached to his summer palace. He was most interested in the colour films we have taken around Lhasa, especially the one of his departure on the occasion of his visit to Samye Monastery in October" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part XIII p. 2, written by Chapman] [MS 30/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Shide Drokhang, aerial view" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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