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Interior of middle court - Tongsa Jong [Byagarh, Bhutan]

Interior of middle court - Tongsa Jong [Byagarh, Bhutan]

Photographer: White, John Claude

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1905

Shelfmark: Photo 20/(26)

Item number: 26

Length: 29.8

Width: 17.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Byagarh Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan taken by John Claude White in 1905. This view looks down onto and along a narrow paved courtyard, with balconies rising on both sides. This is one of a set of photographs documenting White's mission to Bhutan to invest Ugyen Wangchuk, the Penlop (Governor) of Tongsa (Trongsa), with the order of Knight Commander of the Indian Empire. White's own caption for this print in The National Geographic Magazine (Apr 1914), identifies it as Sir Ugyen Wangchuk's palace at Byagarh, some 30 miles east of Tongsa: 'This fortress - the Byagha Jong - is the family residence of the present king. It shows how interesting and picturesque the buildings in Bhutan are. In the background is the band of musicians which welcomed the author to the castle. In the center of the courtyard is the royal bathroom, consisting of three tree-trunks hollowed out to serve as baths'. White described his visit to Byagarh, which lasted twelve days, as 'really the most enjoyable part of the expedition, for we were received as as honored guests by Sir Ugyen in his private capacity.'

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