Football match in Lhasa

Football match in Lhasa

1998.131.386 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

November 9th 1936


Lhasa >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 110

Playing seven-a-side football on a field near the Norbu Lingka. The Mission had a football team and often played amongst themselves or against local teams such as Lhasa United or the Ladakhi Mohammedans.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate , Negative Quarter Plate

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.12.5 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - '5' has been scratched into the bottom right hand corner of the negative [MS 22/03/2006]

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]: 'Football - 3 people dribble ball' [MS 22/03/2006]

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.), 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947', Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003, p. 59.

Other Information - 1998.131.386 appeared in the 2003 Temporary Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers "Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947"

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.12' comprise a group of negatives containing images of Ladakhi men, Ngagchen Rimpoche, Mir/Amir Khan (the mission cook), a football match, Dagg, Kham dancers, Nechung, Drepung, Potala and the sand track approaching it. They all seem to have been taken between October 28th and November 15th 1936. The images of the football match are therefore datable to November 9th 1936 [MS 22/03/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Mission Diary entry for November 9th 1936: "First round of seven-a-side football. It was uncomfortably hot playing. Every day now the temperature rises well above 60 [degrees] F. but at night there are ten to fifteen degrees of frost" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part IX p. 1, written by Chapman] [MS 22/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Football match in Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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