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Naser al-Din Shah

Artist:
Possibly by Luigi Pesce (Italian, 1818–1891)
Person in Photograph:
Person in photograph Naser od-Din Shah (Iranian, Tehran 1831–1896 Tehran)
Date:
ca. 1855–58
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
Image: 19.5 x 13.5 cm (7 11/16 x 5 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles K. and Irma B. Wilkinson, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.683.24
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

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.
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