Persepolis (Iran): Great Stairway to the Terrace Complex graphic

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Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
Glass negative numbered FSA A.4 2.12.GN.40.11; available in Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.12: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs.
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.
Antoin Sevruguin photographs in the Myron Bement Smith collection are part of the "Islamic Archives," a collection assembled in part by the Committee for Islamic Culture under the direction of architectural historian Myron Bement Smith (1897-1970). The widow of Myron Bement Smith, Katharine Dennis Smith, donated her husband's papers to the Smithsonian Institution in 1972. The collection was housed in the National Museum of Natural History. Mrs. Smith granted partial rights of the materials to the Institution in 1973 and full rights, interests, and title in 1985. The collection was transferred to the Freer Gallery in 1977.
- 696 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.
Organization
According to Myron B. Smith handwritten document (Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.1: Islamic Archives History, Collection Information; Box 60; Folder 44: 47 P Antoine Sevruguin, glass negatives, Iran), Antoin Sevruguin's 696 glass negatives, at the time of their acquisition, were arranged into 61 boxes without any apparent organization. Today they are housed in archival document boxes, essentially duplicating the original arrangement, and stored on shelves. This glass negative was included into "Box 35."
Summary
- FSg curatorial research specialist remark on Antoin Sevruguin photo condition reads, "The glass negative is cracked."
- Scratched handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "1664."
- Faded handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "82."
- Myron Bement Smith handwritten caption in English reads, "47.P; Box 35.11: Unknown, cracked." [Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.1: Islamic Archives History, Collection Information; Box 60; Folder 44: 47 P: Antoine Sevruguin, glass negatives, Iran]
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
Repository Loc.
Shelf 7: Box 35
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
Topic
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Architecture
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Restrictions & Rights
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
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Creator
Sevruguin, Antoin -1933
Uniform title
Early Photography of Iran
Subject
Sevruguin, Antoin -1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Islamic Archives
Physical description
1 glass negative : b&w ; 23.9 cm. x 17.9 cm
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Myron Bement Smith collection 1899-1962
Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.12: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs
1902-1905
Place
Asia
Iran
Persepolis (Iran)
Type
Glass negatives
Local number
FSA A.4 2.12.GN.35.11