Tibet--Younghusband Expedition | Album of photographs, 1903-04

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Tibet--Younghusband Expedition

Album of 88 photographs of Tibet, 1903-04

Folio (211 x 154mm.), 88 silver prints (77 x 102mm.), window mounted on card, mostly two images per page, manuscript captions to each photograph, maroon half morocco, some photographs faded, album rebacked 

Compiled by a British soldier attached to the British expedition to Tibet (1903-1904) led by Colonel Francis Younghusband (1863-1942).

Manuscript captions: Rinchingong Village, Chumbi Valley; View in Sikkim; Sikkimese Bhutias near Jelap [i.e. Jelep La] Pass; Bazaar near Chumpethang [i.e. Chumathang]; 7th Mule Corps at Rinchingong; Chinese houses at Rinchingong; Bengal Sappers and Miners camp at Chumpethang [Chumathang]; village above Rinchingong; Fort Gnatong; convoy in the snow “Black & White”; Mule sheds at Gnatong; Breaking ice to water mules; Chorten, Chumbi Valley; Chinese arch, Chumbi Valley; Bridge over Ammo Chu, Chumbi Valley; Village, Chumbi Valley; Camp at Chumbi (2 images); Chinese wall at Yatung (2 images); Wall [at Yatung] being blown down; After demolition; Some Chinese Officials; Phari Fort, with Chumalhari sacred mountains of Tibet in distance; Frozen waterfall at Dhota; Chumalhari from West Bank of Kala Tso Lake; Marching out of Tuna before the Affair of Guru; Some Tibetan prisoners (2 images); Red Idol Gorge; Gyantse Fort; Col. Mah, Chinese General, coming to surrender Gyantse Fort to General Macdonald (2 images); A village in Gyantse Valley; Watching the Heliograph “Black & White”; Gyantse Valley; Transport crossing river; Gyantse town and monastery (2 images); Some monks in Gyantse Monastery; The most sacred Chorten in Tibet and Gyantse, 6 stories high; Gobse Jong [Dzong] (ruins); Nangartse Jong [Dzong]; Guard of Honour (32nd Sikh Pioneers) drawn up to receive Ta Lama; Colonel Younghusband receiving Tibetan officials at Nangartse; Crossing the Tsang-Po (R[iver] Bramahputra) (4 images); Swimming mules; Tibetan skin raft; Tibetan rafts, Chucksum Ferry (2 images); Buddhist ruins on road to Lhassa (2 images); Glacier and camp at Karo La 16,000 feet; the last bridge (over Kyro [Kyi] Chu); Monastery at Chucksum; Monastery near Lhassa (7,000 monks); The Potala in the distance; Tibetan noble’s house at Lhassa; The Potala (3 images); Lhassa School of Medicine; The oldest and most decrepit lady who came to receive the king’s bounty at Lhassa; the entrance to Lhassa from South; Beggars (2 images); Col. Younghusband’s chuprassie giving beggars one rupee (Tibetan); a half-tame kyang, property of the Dalai Lama; Entrance to Jai Kung, the big Lhassa temple; The “turquoise bridge”, so-called on account of the colour of the roof; Lhassa street scenes (2 images); A musician and dancing boys in Lhassa; a draper’s shop in Lhassa; Tibetan play at Lhalu, the Head Quarters of Mission (3 images); Tommy (7th Royal Fusiliers) buying cakes outside our camp at Lhassa; A butcher’s shop; Chinese Ambau coming into camp; 1st race meeting at Lhassa: the grand stand; the winning post; A Chinese tea shop; some transport officers; Tibetan wall.


Lt. Col. Walter Lloyd Sinclair Meiklejohn, 106th Hazara Pioneers, September 1905, manuscript inscription to front endpaper