Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

August 30th 1936


Lhasa Area > Drepung

Accession number


A view down an alleyway in Drepung Monastery. The image draws attention to the narrow passages between building and the steep angularity of the monastery, it being built on a hillside outside Lhasa

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

CM.7 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Drepung' 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]: 'Looking between buildings [Drepung Monastery]'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘19/1 - An alleyway in Drepung monastery’ [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside three others of Sera and Drepung Monasteries on page 21 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 12/06/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CM' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Drepung Monastery, shengnoes at Drepung, river behind Dekyi Lingka, Pargo Kaling, Chakpori, Turquoise Bridge, boats, Potala, ‘air views’. They were all taken between August 30th and September 3rd 1936, with images of Drepung being taken on the earlier date on the occasion of the first official Mission visit to Drepung Monastery [MS 12/06/2006]

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

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