The Regent's palanquin

The Regent's palanquin

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Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

October 6th 1936



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The Regent's palanquin being carried down to the river by lay and monk officials. This was the start of the Regent's visit to Samye Monastery. The large monk attendant known to the British Mission as 'Simple Simon' can be seen walking behind the palanquin and officials and onlookers line the route to the river

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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

C.16.2 In publication
'Lhasa Mission 1936, Diary of Events', P. Neame, H. Richardson, F. S. Chapman, Government of India Political Department [Note: photographs for October 18th - November 4th 1936 are not included as their relationship to text is not detailed; see Mission Diary text for details of images] [see photos in publication]

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F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Notes on print/mount - The back of the print is covered in crop marks and reproduction instructions. The reference 'C.16.2' has been written on the back of the print in pencil [MS 01/04/2006]

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]: 'Regent’s palanquin just reaching river'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 3: ‘13/3 - The Regent goes to visit Reting monastery. He is being carried in his palanquin and is about to step out on to a carpet’ [MS 01/04/2006]

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Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'C.16' comprise a group of negatives containing images of the Regent’s boat waiting for his departure, a mission picnic, the Potala, old beggar monk and Chinese lions at Trapje. They all seem to have been taken between October 6th - 17th 1936 [MS 16/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Mission Diary entry for October 6th 1936: "The Regent, accompanied by two Shapes, one Depon, a Chief Secretary and many minor officials left this morning for Samye monastery. // Norbhu and Richardson with a large retinue (in order to compete with the pretentious Chinese who were expected to be present) rode out to a park on the river bank some four miles from the city to offer the customary scarves of leave taking. Chapman and Nepean came also to take photographs. // The streets were crowded with people taking this rare opportunity of seeing the regent, Monks, holding coloured hangings and banners on long staffs, lined the routed and officials were busily driving cattle and stragglers from the way. A guard of honour was waiting three miles from the city. // The Regent rods [
sic - rides] in a sedan chair of dark gold lacquer carried by bearers in green with red hats; beside him walked officials and a servant carrying the yellow state umbrella ... // The Regent soon left the tent and was carried in his chair the short distance to the river where two hide coracles tied together and decorated with yellow cloth even to the paddles, were waiting to take him across to where another tent and, presumably, more tea was awaiting him" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', Part VII p. 3, written by Richardson] [MS 01/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The Regent's palanquin" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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