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Provenance: Lieut. William Pyt Bennett who served with RGA 7th Mountain Battery (commanded by Major Fuller) throughout the Mission. Loosely inserted at end is a printed sheet headed "Some Notes on Lhasa", prepared by the Intelligence Branch at Simla prior to the Mission, an accompanying lithographed plan of Lhasa "compiled from native information by Lt. Colonel L.A. Waddell", and a printed key. The flyleaf is inscribed in pencil "Photographs taken by Claude White Esq. who accompanied the expedition as Political Officer"
The contents include: Khamba Jong (4, including view to Everest); Tibetan Nuns (illustrated); Badula & head monk under the Tashi Lama; Phema (a loosely inserted card of Brigade Surgeon J. Robinosn carries a pencilled note " J.A. Bliss- his house at Phema on left"); Phari Jong (2); Gyantze Jong (also Gurkha Post and Mission Post at Gyantze); Camp at Karola; Samding Monastery; Pede Jong; Yamdoktso (3); The Tsang Po Valley (2 including a 3-image gelatin silver panorama); Chaksam (3); Kiji Chu (3); Troilung Bridge; Debung (2); Nachung Monastery (5); Sera Monastery (3); Lhasa and the Potala (22, including a panorama of 4 carbon prints joined, The Chinese Amban, The Tongsa Penlop, The Regent and the Council of Four).