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House near Bya-gha [Bhutan]

House near Bya-gha [Bhutan]

Photographer: White, John Claude

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1905

Shelfmark: Photo 20/(31)

Item number: 31

Length: 24

Width: 29.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a house near Byagarh in Bhutan taken by John Claude White in 1905. Byagarh was a little to the east of Tongsa (Trongsa) in Central Bhutan and was where the Penlop (Governor) of Tongsa, Sir Ugyen Wangchuk, had his private residence. This view looks along the hillside, with a three-storey private house, with ornate decorative woodwork on the exterior, in the foreground. This is identified in The National Geographic Magazine (Apr 1914) as 'The picturesque summer residence of Sir Ugyen's sister at Sangachoiling, situated about four miles north of Byagha'. Another copy of this image is captioned 'Thaling Lama's House, Angducholing'. Angduchholing appears to be south of Byagha in the map that appears in White's 'Sikhim and Bhutan'. This is one of a set of photographs documenting White's mission to Bhutan to invest Sir Ugyen Wangchuk with the order of Knight Commander of the Indian Empire.

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