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Watercolour - St. Sophia - near Djulfa - Ispahan
  • St. Sophia - near Djulfa - Ispahan
    Vigne, Godfrey Thomas FRGS, born 1801 - died 1863
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St. Sophia - near Djulfa - Ispahan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Iran (painted)

  • Date:

    1833 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vigne, Godfrey Thomas FRGS, born 1801 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 87, shelf SC, box 38

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Iran (painted)


1833 (painted)


Vigne, Godfrey Thomas FRGS, born 1801 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back with title and date Sept 20th. 1833. and burnt by Nadir Shah Rocks bare, and on a separate label similarly


Height: 18.3 cm, Width: 25.3 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `acquired from Henry D'Olier Vigne, great-nephew of the artist, May 1971, £200'. [with SD.1087- SD.1099, SD.1101-SD.1101, SD.1103 & 1104: SD1105-1125, SD.1127-1130, SD.1132-1134, SD.1137-1138, SD.1150, SD.1153]

Historical context note

The drawing shows the Safavid buildings at the spring on Mount Sufeh, south of Julfa. See Vigne, in Kashmir..., 1842, Vol.1, p.16. Vigne may be confusing old Julfa, [now in modern Azerbaijan and completely destroyed] where the great church of St. Sophia was, and New Julfa, near Ispahan, where the Armenian population was moved by Shah Abbas I in 1606.
Vigne briefly described all of his journey in an article in The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol.9, 1839, pp.512-6: see Searight Archive; and more fully in Travels in Kashmir...,1842, Vol.1, pp.5-21.

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Watercolour, 'St. Sophia - near Djulfa - Ispahan', 1833, by Godfrey Thomas Vigne FRGS




Watercolour drawing




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