Aerial view of Chushul

Aerial view of Chushul

1998.131.191.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

August 22nd 1936


Tsangpo Valley Region > Chushul

Accession number


Image Dimensions

81 x 111 mm

A photograph of Chushul taken from the dzong. Farmhouse roofs are visible and the Kyichu river can be seen in flood. A group of pack ponies seen in bottom left corner. Communal grounds for threshing visible on the left of the image and compound for keeping animals beyond that.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.11.12 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - '12' is printed on the negative film on the left hand side [MS 17/1/2005]

Technical Information - This image was taken with a quarter plate Zeiss Nixe film or film pack camera as the negative is quarter-plate sized. See Chapman
Lhasa The Holy City [London: Chatto & Windus, 1938] for a description of the still and cine cameras that Chapman used as Mission photographer [MS 25/2/2005]

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 [From Chusul dzong and valley] down onto Chusul and beyond ' [MS 12/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: All the images prefixed with 'C.11.' seem to have been taken en route to Lhasa at the end of August 1936 and comprise a group of negatives containing images of Chushul, including a panorama [MS 12/03/2006]

Other Information - Traditionally Tibetan houses would be built in square around a courtyard and many houses of this design can be seen in this image. Two large houses can be seen on either side of the field by the waters edge and these appear to be the two largest houses in the village. The river appears to be in flood because trees are visible in the middle of the expanse of water [TS 20/1/2005] [MS 20/1/2005]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.11' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Chusul, including a panorama [MS 01/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Aerial view of Chushul" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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