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Photograph - C.R. Smith Archive

C.R. Smith Archive

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Iran (photographed)

  • Date:

    1895 - 1900 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sevruguin, Antoin (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Podmore

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This photograph of the dye-works belonging to the Persian Carpet Manufacturing Company in Sultanabad, Iran, is part of the C.R. Smith archive. This small archive consists of an album of 60 mounted albumen prints (predominantly portraits and topographical views, taken in Iran and Iraq), a further 24 loose photographs, and a series of letters and memos.

These document a correspondence between Charles R. Smith (born 1866) and various colleagues made throughout 1901, when he was approached to join a new carpet enterprise in Tabriz. He duly left Sultanabad where he had been working for the Persian Carpet Manufacturing Company, but by July of the same year he had returned to his native Kidderminster in England. It is not known if the Tabriz business plan was ever realised.

Physical description

Photograph, albumen print, captioned 'Dye Works (Sultanabad)'.

Place of Origin

Iran (photographed)


1895 - 1900 (photographed)


Sevruguin, Antoin (photographer)

Materials and Techniques



Width: 14.5 cm, Length: 9.3 cm

Descriptive line

Albumen photograph, captioned 'Dye Works (Sultanabad)', mounted in leather-bound album, part of the C.R. Smith archive, photographed by Antoin Sevruguin, assembled Sultanabad (modern Arak), Iran, 1895 - 1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Russell Harris and Isabel Miller, "The Sevruguin Photographs", Asian Art (February 2011) 6-7.
Melanie Venes and Jennifer Wearden, "A Persian Venture", Hali 148 (2006) 60-61.

Labels and date





Albumen process; Photography


Photographs; Tourism & Travel


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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