A set of 50 photographs and associated handwritten descriptive notes, acquired from the Imperial Russian Geographical Society in St. Petersburg. The complete notes, "1904 View of Great Tibet", are available at: http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/u?/tibet,94
Lhasa from the north. [N.]
The large dark building behind a white one in the foreground is the Gah-ldan K'an-sar (1) [Gadan-khangsar Palace], up to 1751 palace of the Tibetan kings, mentioned only Fra Cassiano Beligatti da Macerata (2) and Chandra Das (3). More to the right is the (gilded) roof of Banso-ch'e [?] in Chinese style.
Obs. 1) Kang-da Khangsar on Waddell's Plan of Lhasa
2) Giornale di Fra Cassiano etc. edited by A Magnaghi in the Rivista Geografica Italiana. Vol.VIII and IX pro 1901 and 1902 where the palace in question, is named "Kande Kanzer (Vol. IX. P. 244) and Kande Kansar (Vol. IX. p. 314.) See also Note (2) on p. 244 of A. Magnaghi's paper i.e. where the palace in question, on the authority of Orazio Della Puna [?], is named Kaden Khansar.
3) Sarat Chandra Das l.c. p.172 spells the name of the palace "Gadan-Khangsar"
"In 1642 Kushi Khan conquered Tibet, and made over the sovereignty of the central portion of it to the fifth Dalai lama, Nagwang lozang-gyatso, and that of Tsang, or Ulterior Tibet, to the Grand Lama of Tashilhunpo, though he continued himself to be the de facto sovereign […]. The spiritual government remained, however, in the Dalai lama's hands and he conferred on Kushi Khan the title of Tandjin chos-gyri Gyalbo, 'the most Catholic king'. In 1645 the Dalai lama erected the palace of Potala, Kushi Kahn having his residence in the Gadan khangsar palace in Lhasa itself." (p. 172)
Das, S. C. (1902). Journey to Lhasa and Central Tibet. London: John Murray. Available through Google Books at: