Dasht-i Lar Region, Mount Damavand in Background: Shah's Escort Regiment

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  • Creator

    Sevruguin, Antoin, 1851-1933
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    1 Gelatin silver print (b&w)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    - On recto of the print, faded handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "909."
  • Biographical / Historical

    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.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2012.02
  • General

    Title and summary note are provided by Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan, FSg curatorial research specialist.
  • Creator

    Sevruguin, Antoin, 1851-1933
  • Names

    Sevruguin, Antoin, 1851-1933
  • Place

  • Topic

    Early Photography of Iran
  • Topic

  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Gelatin silver prints
    Photographic prints
  • Citation

    Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. FSA.A2012.02. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Glass negative numbered FSA A.4 2.12.GN.52.11; available in Myron Bement Smith Collection, Subseries 2.12: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs
  • Genre/Form

    Gelatin silver prints
    Photographic prints
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013