Changu Lake

Changu Lake

BMR. (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

August 1st 1936


Sikkim > Changu Lake

Accession number


Changu Lake taken from the Dak Bungalow with a member of the Mission in the lower right of the image

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

CA.17 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Tsongo (Sikkim)' has been written beneath the image in the album in pencil, apparently not by Hugh Richardson [MS 26/08/2006]

Other Information - Album: This image appears alongside 3 others of scenes en route to Lhasa on page 66 of Hugh Richardson's album 'Lhasa 1936' [MS 26/08/2006]

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]: 'Changu Lake from Dak B. [Bungalow]’; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 1, From Gangtok to the Natu La August 1936: ‘1/2 - Changu Lake from the Dak Bungalow. Primula Sikkinnensis in foreground’ [MS 08/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CA' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Residency, Gangtok and the Mission party preparing to go to Lhasa, the Maharanee of Sikkim, journey near Karponang, Changu Lake, Champithang and Chumbi Valley, Kargyu monastery and Yatung. At the top of the list is the comment ‘8, 9, 13, 17, 19, 20, 28, 31, 33, 36, 37 already enlarged 4x6. 3 copies’ [MS 08/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: Entry in Mission Diary for August 1st 1936: "We made an early start at 5-30 am in the hope, which was fulfilled, of crossing the Nathu La before the usual rain started. Actually it remained dry the whole of the march. We reached the picturesque lake of Changu after 3 hours march and breakfasted in the bungalow there. This lake at a height of some 12,500 feet was stocked with trout some years ago by Colonel F M Bailey but although many were reported to have grown to a large size, they do not appear to have bred at all, and now since a year or two none have been seen and it is to be feared that they have died out" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part I p. 2, written by Neame] [MS 08/04/2006]

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

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