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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs

Creator:
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Collector:
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Photographer:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Muzaffar al-Dīn Shāh 1853-1907 Shah of Iran
Nāsir al-Dīn Shāh Shah of Iran 1831-1896
Reza Shah Pahlavi Shah of Iran 1878-1944
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
Photographic prints : 66 items; various dimensions
Glass Negatives : 695 items; b&w ; 13 cm. x 18 cm
Photographic prints : 98 items; various dimensions
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Glass negatives
Gelatin silver prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Iraq
India
Uzbekistan
Baghdad (Iraq)
Basṭām (Iran)
Bīshāpūr (Extinct city)
Dāmghān (Iran)
Delhi (India)
Fīrūzābād (Iran)
Hamadān (Iran)
Iṣfahān (Iran)
Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran)
Pasargadae (Extinct city)
Persepolis (Iran)
Tāq-e Bostān Site (Iran)
Tehran (Iran)
Date:
1880s-1933
Topic:
Abbasids
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Antiquities
Architecture
Art of the Islamic World
Clothing and dress
Criminal procedure
Executions and executioners
Headgear
Inscriptions
Landscapes
Portrait photography
Pottery
Relief (Sculpture)
Religious buildings
Royalty (Nobility)
Sassanids
Shrines
Textile design
Local number:
FSA A.04 2.12
Notes:
Titles and summary notes are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin managed and operated one of the most successful commercial photography studios in Tehran in the late 19th century. Born in the 1840s in Iran, Sevruguin's mother returned with her children to her hometown of Tbilisi after his father Vassil, a Russian diplomat in Iran, died in a horse riding accident. Trained as a painter, Sevruguin returned to Iran in the early 1870s accompanied by his two brothers, establishing a photography studio first in Tabriz and then Tehran. His studio's ties to Tbilisi, however, persisted through the years; many of the early portraits of Dervishes and women have been simultaneously attributed to Antoin Sevruguin and Dimitri Yermakov, the Georgian photographer who is often referred to as Sevruguin's mentor from Tbilisi. Many of Antoin Sevruguin's photographs were published as early as 1885 in travelogues, journals and books indicating that by that time he had a fully established practice in Tehran's Ala al-Dawla street, with ties to the court of Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar. Often unacknowledged as the producer of published images in his own time - the 1902 photographic survey of Persepolis being the most glaring of such authorial misrepresentations - he was nevertheless celebrated and acknowledged for his artistic vision and his keen eye for composition, achieving the Medal of Lion and Sun from Nasir al-Din Shah, the 1897 Medal of Honour in the Brussels International Exposition, and the 1900 Medal of Honour in Paris International Exposition. Reflecting a career that spans nearly half a century, Sevruguin's diverse body of work includes studio portraits of families, women and dervishes, survey photographs of archeological sites, objects, landscapes and architecture, and photographs of royalty, high officials and ceremonies of the Qajar court. The range of his output not only demonstrates his own pictorial concerns and artistic abilities but also the divergent interests of his clients. Despite numerous devastating incidents throughout his career - the loss of more than half of his negatives in a 1908 blast and fire, an unsuccessful attempt at diversifying into cinematography in the 1910s, and the confiscation of the remainder of his negatives in the mid-1920s to name a few - his studio remained operational even after his death in 1933. A number of negatives from the Sevruguin studio can be dated to the years after Antoin's death, indicating that the Sevruguin studio continued to be commercially viable. As one of the most prolific early commercial photographers in Iran, Antoin Sevruguin's artistic legacy has since proved far more enduring.
Summary:
- 66 black-and-white gelatin silver photoprints, unmounted, were a gift from Joseph Upton, received by the committee for Islamic Culture, as reported in their official minutes of October 24, 1953. The 66 photoprints were initially purchased by Joseph Upton in 1928 from Antoin Sevruguin in Tehran.
- 695 glass negatives were included into the "Islamic Archives," which was administered jontly by the committee for Islamic Culture and the committee for Arabic and Islamic Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies. According to the official minutes, the committee for Islamic Culture reported purchasing the 696 glass plates during their fiscal years 1951-1952 from the American Presbyterian Mission in Tehran. Antoin Sevruguin's daughter gave these plates to the mission with instruction that they be sold for the benefit of the mission.
- 98 gelatin silver photoprints were collected by Myron Bement Smith after he viewed a portion of Sevruguin's negatives in 1934 ( these include recent finds in the Myron Bement Smith collection).
In addition of Antoin Sevruguin's 695 glass negatives and 164 silver gelatin prints in the Myron Bement Smith collection the Archives holds: 18 albumen prints in theJay Bisno Collection of Sevruguin Photographs (FSA A.15); 34 photographic prints in the Ernst Herzfeld Papers (FSA A.6); as well as a photograph album and individual albumen prints donated by Stephen Arpee (FSA A2011.03). Finally, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives also own 3 separate gelatin silver prints.
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran): Sasanian Reliefs Depicting the Triumph of Shapur I over Valerian, and Middle Persian Inscription of the High Priest Kartir (Antoin Sevruguin in Foreground) [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran)
Date:
1898-1902
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Animals in art
Headgear
Inscriptions
Photographers
Relief (Sculpture)
Royalty (Nobility)
Sassanids
Textile design
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.13
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "236."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1657."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "38.6."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Naqsh-I Rustam; Rock relief; Triumph of Shapur I."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran): Achaemenid Tomb of Darius I (foreground) and Xerxes (background) [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 18 cm. x 24 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran)
Date:
1898-1902
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Royalty (Nobility)
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.10
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "598."
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "165."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1653."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "38.9."
- On verso of the print (lower left and right corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Naqsh-I Rustam; tomb side view."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran): Two Sasanian Reliefs Depicting the Investiture of Ardashir I by the God Ahura Mazda (Hormizd) (left) as well as Bahram II and Court, Carved over a Pre-Achaemenid Relief (right) [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran)
Date:
1898-1902
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Animals in art
Headgear
Relief (Sculpture)
Royalty (Nobility)
Sassanids
Textile design
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.14
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "225."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1655."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "29.10."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Naqsh-I Rustam; 2 Rock reliefs; Equestrian Investiture of Ardashir I, Bahram II with his family."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Pasargadae (Iran): Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Pasargadae (Extinct city)
Date:
1880s-1930
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.19
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "170."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "---(?)."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Pasargadae; Tomb of Cyrus."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Myron Bement Smith collection 1899-1962
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Persepolis (Iran): Northwestern Corner of Terrace Complex and Outcrops of Unwrought Bedrock [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.21
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- 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."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "29.1."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Persepolis (Takht-I Djamshīd; Hall of 100 Columns - Area view (see also Negatives N0. 30.12 and 56.6; ruins as a whole."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Persepolis (Iran): Throne Hall, Northern Wall, East Jamb of Western Doorway: View of Relief Picturing Enthroned King Giving Audience [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 18 cm. x 24 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.27
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "248."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1659."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "30.12."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Persepolis (Takht-I Djamshīd; Relief in hall of 100 columns showing Artaxerxes I giving audience. See also negative No. 56.6."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Persepolis (Iran): Apadana, North Side, West Wing of Ceremonial Stairway with Reliefs Depicting Tribute Procession [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Animals in art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.29
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "806."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "---(?)."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "42.7."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Persepolis (Takht-I Djamshīd; Relief of Tribute Procession."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Taq-i Bustan (Iran): Sasanian Rock Reliefs, Right Side of the Interior of the Large Vault with Investiture Relief of Khusro II: View of Relief Panel Picturing the Stag Hunt [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Tāq-e Bostān Site (Iran)
Date:
1880s-1930
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Animals in art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Royalty (Nobility)
Sassanids
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.33
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "173."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "46?."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "39.8."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Kirmānshāh; Ṭaḳ-I Bustān; rock relief - Royal hunting scene, stags."
Cite as:
Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Bishapur (Iran): Sasanian Reliefs Depicting the Triumph of Shapur I over Valerian with Groups of Cavalry and Infantry Saluting the King [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 glass negative : b&w ; 23.9 cm. x 17.8 cm
Type:
Glass negatives
Place:
Asia
Iran
Bīshāpūr (Extinct city)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Animals in art
Relief (Sculpture)
Royalty (Nobility)
Sassanids
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.GN.38.05
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, leaving behind only a fraction of his large collection of glass negatives, which is currently in the Archives of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
Summary:
- Handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "597."
- Faded handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "133."
- Myron Bement Smith handwritten caption in English reads, "47.P; Box 38.5: (P) [black-and-white print on hand]. Fars. ? Relief." [Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.1: Islamic Archives History, Collection Information; Box 60; Folder 44: 47 P: Antoine Sevruguin, glass negatives, Iran]
Publications:
Sarre and Herzfeld, Iranische Felsreliefs, Berlin, 1910. p:222
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Naqsh-i Rajab (Iran): Sasanian Rock Relief (Relief IV) Picturing High Priest Kartir and Middle Persian Inscription [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Date:
Ca. 1900
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Headgear
Inscriptions
Relief (Sculpture)
Royalty (Nobility)
Sassanids
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.07
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "221."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "51."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "38.11."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Naqsh-I Rajab; Kartir high priest raising finger in respect."
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Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran): Sasanian Relief Depicting the Equestrian Combat of King Bahram II [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Animals in art
Headgear
Relief (Sculpture)
Royalty (Nobility)
Sassanids
Textile design
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.15
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "601."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1663."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "29.8."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Naqsh-I Rustam; Rock relief; Bahram II on horseback fighting an adversary."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran): Fire Altars [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 18 cm. x 24 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Naqsh-i Rustam (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Archaeology
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.17
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "827."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1651."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "39.4."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Naqsh-I Rustam; fire altars."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Pasargadae (Iran): Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Pasargadae (Extinct city)
Date:
1880s-1930
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.20
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "474."
- On recto of the print, faded handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1417."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Pasargadae; Tomb of Cyrus."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Persepolis (Iran): Northern Wall of the Throne Hall (Talar-i Takht) [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.22
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "818."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "732."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "38.8."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Persepolis (Takht-I Djamshīd; Hall of 100 Columns."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Persepolis (Iran): Gate of All Lands (Darvaza-i Milal), Colossal Sculptures Depicting Heads of a Bull [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 18 cm. x 24 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Animals in art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.24
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "819."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1661."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "38.3."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Persepolis (Takht-I Djamshīd; Main gate - colossal bull."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Persepolis (Iran): Tripylon (Council Hall), Main Hall, West Jamb of Southern Doorway: View of Relief Picturing King and Attendants [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.26
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "573."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "---(?)."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "38.1."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Persepolis (Takht-I Djamshīd; Relief on door jamb."
Publications:
Sarre and Herzfeld, Iranische Felsreliefs, Berlin, 1910. p:133-147
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Persepolis (Iran): Tachara Palace (Palace of Darius), Central Facade of Southern Stairway: View of Relief Picturing Persian Guards Flanking Xerxes Inscription, XPcb [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Date:
1902-1905
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Achaemenian inscriptions
Cuneiform inscriptions
Headgear
Inscriptions
Old Persian inscriptions
Relief (Sculpture)
Textile design
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.30
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "174."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1668."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "29.7."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Fārs; Persepolis (Takht-I Djamshīd; Sculptured relief at the base of Xerxes Apadana, depicting archers of the imperial bodyguard."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Taq-i Bustan (Iran): Sasanian Rock Reliefs, Large Vault with Investiture Relief of Khusro II [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 18 cm. x 24 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Tāq-e Bostān Site (Iran)
Date:
1880s-1930
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Relief (Sculpture)
Sassanids
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.32
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "814."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "---(?)."
- On verso of the print, handwritten number (penciled) reads, "39.10 (scratched). 47.4."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Kermanshah; Ṭaḳ-I Bustān; rock relief - Cave of Shapur III, close view."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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Taq-i Girra (Iran): Sasanian Palace of Sarvistan: View of Arched Door [graphic]

Creator:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Subject:
Sevruguin, Antoin d. 1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 24 cm. x 18 cm
Type:
Gelatin silver prints
Photographic prints
Place:
Asia
Iran
Date:
1880s-1930
Topic:
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Sassanids
Local number:
FSA A.4 2.12.Sm.38
Notes:
Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Antoin Sevruguin is one of the early pioneers of commercial photography in Iran. He arrived in Iran from Tbilisi, Georgia in the mid 1870s to set up shop in Ala al-Dawla street in Tehran. From the early days, Sevruguin's studio was trusted both by the Qajar court and by foreign visitors to Iran. Highly regarded for their artistic ingenuity outside Iran, Sevruguin's photographs of 'ethnic types,' architecture and landscape, and depictions of daily life of Tehran found their way into foreign travelogues, magazines and books. As such, he stands alone in a relatively large group of early Iranian photographers for being recognized and celebrated outside the boundaries of the country. Antoin Sevruguin passed away in 1933, although his family studio continued for some time as a commercial enterprise.
Summary:
- On recto of the print, handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "481."
- On recto of the print, scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "477."
- On verso of the print (lower left corner), original stamp, in French and Persian, reads, "Photographie Sevruguin."
- On verso of the print, Myron Bement Smith caption in English reads, "Persia; Kirmānshāh; Ṭāḳ-I Girrā; [Stone Structure in Hills], overall view."
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Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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