Portrait of Nasseredin (Nasr al-Din Shah) Qajar auctioned at Bonhams
An official portrait of Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-1896),
painted on the occasion of his
second State visit to England in 1889 the Shah standing looking
directly at the viewer, his right hand resting on a European-style armchair,
wearing a dark late 19th Century military uniform with the belt from the
Imperial Crown Jewels of woven gold fastened with an emerald buckle set in a
diamond-studded gold mount, a diamond medallion and a diamond-studded sash
around his neck, he holds a diamond-studded sword in his left hand, and wears a
beret on his head decorated with the Lion and Sun emblem, oil on canvas, signed
and dated 1889 lower left, in a Victorian gilt frame with a later plaque reading
His Imperial Majesty Nasr-ed-Din , K.G., the late Shah of Persia, painted by
John A. Vinter, during the visit of His Imperial Majesty to England in 1889 (The
Property of the Imperial Bank of Persia)
155 x 102 cm.
John Alfred Vinter (circa 1828-1905) was a painter of portraits, genre scenes and subjects from literature and history. He was also a lithographer of portraits and came to the attention of Queen
Parviz Fannizadeh as Malijak in the popular tv series on Nasseredin Shah
(played by Jamshid Mashayekhi ) entitled Soltaneh Sahebgaran and in
the role of a Qajar Prince's butler Mash Gassem in Uncle Napoleon
The Martyr King:
Nasseredin Shah Qajar also known as the Martyr King had a controversial reign where Oriental despotism co-existed with fascination for Western culture and industrial innovations that led him to travel to the major European Capitals during his reign in an effort to consolidate diplomatic ties with the Super Powers of the time. He is remembered for introducing a number of western innovations to Iran, including a modern postal system, train transport, a banking system and newspaper publishing. He was also the first Iranian to be photographed. He was also the first Iranian monarch ever to write his diaries.
Nasereddin Shah is received by Queen Victoria at
Nasser-al-Din was assassinated by Mirza Reza Kermani, a follower of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, when he was visiting and praying in the shrine of Shah-Abdol-Azim. It is said that the revolver used to assassinate him was old and rusty, and had he worn a thicker overcoat, or been shot from a longer range, he would have survived the attempt on his life. Shortly before his death he is reported to have said "I will rule you differently if I survive!"
A rare and crispy Woodbury type photograph of Nasserdin Shah Qajar, 1880's,
by French Photographer Barraud. Nasserdin Shah introduced photography in
Iran and his son, Muzzaderedin Shah was to introduce motion pictures
He was buried in the Shah-Abdol-Azim Cemetery, in Rayy near Tehran, where he was assassinated. His one-piece marble tombstone, bearing his full effigy, is now kept in the
Photo by Walery, British Queen
and Painting of Persian Shah by John Alfred Vinter
(circa 1828-1905) based on this photo.
Official Website of Bonhams Auction.
Recommended Viewing :
Footage of State Visit of Muzzaferedin Shah Qajar ( Nasseredin Shah's
son ) state visit to
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant.
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