Two vintage photographs of the visit of the Shah to England in 1873. The Two photographs show: 1. Forerunners of Shah crossing Artillery Square” and 2. The Shah crossing Artillery Square”.
London / England, Artillery Square, 1873. 21.5 cm x 16 cm. 2 photograph sheets. Original Softcover. Both photographs frayed but in overall good condition. condition with only minor signs of external wear. Two extremely scarce and early photographs of a state visit under Queen Victoria.
Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (16 July 1831 – 1 May 1896) (also Nassereddin Shah Qajar, was the King of Persia from 5 September 1848 to 1 May 1896 when he was assassinated. He was the son of Mohammad Shah Qajar and Malek Jahan Khanom and the third longest reigning monarch in Iranian history after Shapur II of the Sassanid dynasty and Tahmasp I of the Safavid Dynasty. Nasser al-Din Shah had sovereign power for close to 50 years and was also the first modern Iranian monarch to formally visit Europe.
Naser al-Din was the first modern Persian monarch to visit Europe in 1873 and then again in 1878 (when he saw a Royal Navy Fleet Review), and finally in 1889 and was reportedly amazed with the technology he saw. During his visit to the United Kingdom in 1873, Naser al-Din Shah was appointed by Queen Victoria a Knight of the Order of the Garter, the highest English order of chivalry. He was the first Persian monarch to be so honoured. His travel diary of his 1873 trip has been published in several languages, including Persian, German, French, and Dutch. (Wikipedia)