Chushul from dzong

Chushul from dzong

1998.131.219.1 (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

80 x 110 mm

View of a Chushul taken from the nearby fort or dzong. Three domestic compounds are visible in the image. The compound in the centre of the image has a courtyard containing horses. Cultivated and uncultivated land can be seen in the background with paths and dry water channels

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.11.6 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - The number '6' is printed on the negative on the left hand side. This correlates with image C.11.6 in the handlist of images taken whilst on the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936-37. These all contain images taken in the environs of Chushul. The negative is also slightly torn/damaged in the middle of the left hand side. This is typical of many of Chapman's negatives of this size [MS 2/2/2005]

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]: 'From Chusul dzong and valley' [MS 13/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: The centre compound is housing animals and many horses can be seen outside. Each compound or gora includes a courtyard and each one in this image seems to have its own threshing ground, although the cultivated fields appear to be some distance away. [TS 21/1/2005]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image was probably taken on August 22nd 1936 as it is possible to identify this image in the collection as being of a village in the Chushul region from the handlist of images taken on the Mission in the PRM Manuscript archive. On that date the Mission, en route to Lhasa, travelled from Chushul. [MS 17/3/2005]

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. "Chushul from dzong" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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