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`Palace of Shah Abbas at Ispahan'

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1818-1846 (Painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Charles Hamilton, born 1776 - died 1859 (Painted by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil

  • 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 90, shelf TOP

Physical description

Watercolour in a volume entitled VIEWS. SYRIA, ARABIA, PERSIA and consisting of drawings (105) on 100 sheets, with end-papers; half-bound in crimson morocco


1818-1846 (Painted)


Smith, Charles Hamilton, born 1776 - died 1859 (Painted by)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title and signed with initials CHS.


Height: 42 cm Size of covers, Width: 33.5 cm Size of covers

Historical context note

There is no record of Smith having visited the area depicted here; more likely, the drawing is a copy from a plate in a book in his huge private library. See Searight Archive. See also volumes of drawings by Smith in VAM, WID

Descriptive line

`Palace of Shah Abbas at Ispahan', 1818-1846. Watercolour in a volume (one of two) containing drawings by Charles Hamilton Smith

Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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