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19th & 20th Century Photographs

  Lot 54

Photographer Unknown c.1860s

Photographer Unknown c.1860s

A RARE ALBUM OF PERSIAN CARTE DE VISITE RELATING TO THE INSTALLATION OF PERSIA'S FIRST TELEGRAPH LINE, c.1860s, comprising of albumen prints mounted onto contemporary card supports (10) image size, approx 85 x 55mm, sitters include Imam Qoli Mirza Imad Al-Dawla, grandson of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, governor of Kermanshah and Lurestan, who served as the first appointed Minister of Science under Shah Nasir al-Din Shah between 1860 - 1882, other sitters include members of the Persian Qajar court; Aqa Khan, the Cashier of the Telegraph; Nusurulla Khan, the Signaller of the Telegraph; various Kermanshah governors (one of the most famous governors of this region was Mohammad Hossein Mirza Dowlatshahi, 1807-1821) and an unusual image of The Stage (located in Shiraz); each image annotated in a contemporary hand in manuscript ink in lower margin or verso and housed in a carved Ivory Carte De Visite album, with one clasp missing and partially disbound

Estimated at £400 - £600


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