Copy of a photograph of 13th Dalai Lama

Copy of a photograph of 13th Dalai Lama

1998.131.626 (Print black & white)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

November 22nd - 23rd 1936?

Named Person

13th Dalai Lama


Lhasa > Bhondong House

Accession number


Image Dimensions

179 x 138

A copy of a photograph of the 13th Dalai Lama probably seen in Bhondong's house in Lhasa

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Mrs Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

C.13.2 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number



'Lhasa the Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto and Windus, 1940 [view list of illustrations]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered in crop marks and reproduction instructions. The reference 'C-13-2' has been written on the back in pencil, as has the comment "NW thinks this is what FSC calls C.12.2 (see letter of July 24th) as C.12.2 is already alotted to "Dancers" " [see Chatton & Windus Archive CW76/18, Reading University Special Collections for details of the correspondence to which the note refers] [MS 06/04/2006]

Technical Information - This print is an enlargement of the original photograph that Chapman took, which may be seen in the draft albums of the Lhasa Mission loaned to the PRM for the temporary exhibition "Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital" in 2003-4 [MS 06/04/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: This copy photograph was probably taken during a visit to Bhondong's house as it falls within a sequence of images taken in and around this property [MS 06/04/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.13' comprise a group of negatives containing images of a photograph of the 13th Dalai Lama, Bhondong, the mission hospital group, the Regent’s arrival [departure], 5 Khampa beggars, the Ngagchen Rimpoche, Taring Rimpoche. There is some confusion as to whether or not the pictures of the Regent relate to the arrival or departure as at one point in the list [C.13.9] Chapman refers to the 'departure'. However, most of the C.13 images used in the Mission Diary relating to the arrival back in Lhasa in November are C.13 images. [MS 06/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Copy of a photograph of 13th Dalai Lama" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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