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C.R. Smith Archive

Letter
09/11/1901 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

A.M. Shorose was an employee of The Persian Carpet Manufacturing Company Ltd in Sultanabad, Iran, and Charles R. Smith (born 1866) was his former colleague. In this letter dated 9 November 1901, Shorose writes to Smith, who has moved back to Kidderminster, England, and discusses practical arrangements for Smith's remaining property in Sultanabad. As well as enquiring after Smith's sister Jane who had accompanied her brother to Iran, Shorose provides an update on their common acquaintances in the carpet business community around Sultanabad, including colleagues in the rival firm of Ziegler's. He also follows up on the shipping arrangements for Smith's private effects, some of which have been lost en route.

The C.R. Smith 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 C.R. Smith 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, but J.C.P. Hotz and Son had gone out of business by 1903.


Object details

Category
Object type
TitleC.R. Smith Archive
Materials and techniques
handwriting
Brief description
Letter from A.M. Shorose in Sultanabad (modern Arak), Iran, to C.R. Smith in England, dated 9 November 1901
Physical description
Letter from A.M. Shorose in Sultanabad, Iran, to C.R. Smith in England, three pages, ink on paper, dated 9 November 1901
Dimensions
  • One page width: 20cm
  • One page length: 25.4cm
Gallery label
Credit line
Given by Jane Podmore
Summary
A.M. Shorose was an employee of The Persian Carpet Manufacturing Company Ltd in Sultanabad, Iran, and Charles R. Smith (born 1866) was his former colleague. In this letter dated 9 November 1901, Shorose writes to Smith, who has moved back to Kidderminster, England, and discusses practical arrangements for Smith's remaining property in Sultanabad. As well as enquiring after Smith's sister Jane who had accompanied her brother to Iran, Shorose provides an update on their common acquaintances in the carpet business community around Sultanabad, including colleagues in the rival firm of Ziegler's. He also follows up on the shipping arrangements for Smith's private effects, some of which have been lost en route.

The C.R. Smith 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 C.R. Smith 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, but J.C.P. Hotz and Son had gone out of business by 1903.
Bibliographic references
  • 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.
Collection
Accession number
E.172:1,2,3-2012

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Record createdFebruary 28, 2012
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