Itinerant monk

Itinerant monk

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

September 8th 1936



Accession number


Itinerant monk in Lhasa with drum and beads. His long hair has been piled high upon his head

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

C.4.16 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Technical Information - This image seems to be a duplicate negative made at a later date than those of the mission. This is because of the size of the negative, which is significantly larger than the largest quarter-plate sized negatives that Chapman stated that he used whilst in Lhasa [see Chapman's book Lhasa The Holy City, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938; reprint, London: Readers Union Ltd., 1940, p.146 for a description of the still and cine cameras that he used as Mission photographer]. Furthermore, the negative has none of the tonal qualities of the negatives used in Lhasa and is of a significantly different make, resembling the thick negatives used to make dupe negatives [MS 16/03/2006]

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]: 'Close up of beggar with turban and big drum'; 'PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 2: ‘26/2 - A monk who has taken a vow never to cut his hair’ [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.4.' comprise a group of negatives containing images of soldiers, turning prayer wheel, horns and rock paintings, paintings, Dr Morgan and mission hospital, beggar with skull and drum, monks outside Sera, meat seller and water tanks. They all seem to have been taken on or around September 8th 1936 [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: This person is seen standing in a group in 1998.131.236 [MS 21/3/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Itinerant monk" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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