Person in photograph Naser od-Din Shah (Iranian, Tehran 1831–1896 Tehran)
Salted paper print from paper negative
Image: 19.5 x 13.5 cm (7 11/16 x 5 5/16 in.)
Gift of Charles K. and Irma B. Wilkinson, 1977
Not on view
This photograph demonstrates what the medium brought to the art of portraiture-a certain personal and candid quality. Here, although Nasir al-Din Shah (r. 1848-96) appears in a costume he wears in more formal portraits, the pose and expression adopted in this photograph are more relaxed. He is shown outdoors, seated rather than standing, and leaning back in a chair rather than sitting upright. One hand lies casually in his lap, the other is placed on his hip. This type of photograph reflects Nasir al-Din's interest in recording the private, daily life of his household in addition to using photography to capture the official aspects of the court. He was a photographer himself and among his favorite subjects were members of his family and personal harem.
Inscription: Numbered twice in ink on print, verso BLC: "24"
Ardeshir Mirza; [...]; Charles Wilkinson
Stein, Donna. "Early Photography in Iran." The History of Photography 7, no. 4 (October–December 1983).
Perez, Nissan. Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East (1839–1885). New York: Israel Museum, 1988. pp. 203–4.
Bonetti, Maria Francesca, and Alberto Prandi. "Italian Photographers in Iran 1848–64." History of Photography 37, no. 1 (February 2013).
Plates 2; 3; 6; 9; 12; 20; 23; 24; 25; 26; 31; 32; 34; 36; 37; 38; 40; 41; and 42 correspond exactly to plates in Pesce's Rawlinson album.
See also Islamic Dept. 1977.392.4a, b for the original binding.