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Box 3, File 5, Folder 9, Image 1
FSA A.6 04.PF.05.v3.001
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Gelatin silver print numbered FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.21; available in Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.12: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs.
Glass negative numbered FSA A.4 2.12.GN.29.01; available in Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.12: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs.
Antoin Sevruguin (1830s-1933) was an official photographer of the Imperial Court of Iran whose commercial photography studio was one of the most successful in Tehran from the late 1870s to about 1934. The astonishing range of Antoin Sevruguin's photographs, and the prolific output of the studio, provides today's viewer with an important resource for examining the cultural histories and hierarchical elements of Iranian society. They assist the scholar in studying architectural sites that may have been damaged or destroyed, or are unavailable for first-hand investigation. Increasingly, the prints are valued for their artistic elements that may sometimes overshadow their documentary value. Most significantly, Sevruguin's images form part of an ongoing history that links a distant past and place to the present.
Finding aid available in the Archives Department and on Internet http://www.asia.si.edu/archives/finding_aids/herzfeld.html#series4
The Archive contains Herzfeld's glass negatives which he arranged by general categories into 16 separate Photo files, irrespective of the number on the negative. He also collected photographic prints from many sources for study purposes. So far as possible, Joseph Upton has identified and placed these prints in the appropriate Photo file
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "822."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1665."
The Ernst Herzfeld papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C
Shelves Box 3, Photo File 5
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives