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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Cour du palais de la mission Française à Téhéran en 1848

Cour du palais de la mission Française à Téhéran en 1848

From Xavier Hommaire de Hell, Voyage en Turquie et en Perse: Atlas, Paris, P Bertrand, 1859. Illustration by Jules Laurens.

State Library of Victoria, RARESEF 915.5 H75, plate 61

With the financial support of the French government, the engineer and geographer Xavier Hommaire de Hell travelled to Persia in 1847 with artist Jules Laurens. Through the French ambassador in Tehran, Comte de Sartiges, he met the shah, Muhammad Shah Qajar, and began a feasibility study into the construction of a canal to irrigate the Savajbulag plain.

But having regularly suffered ill health, Hommaire de Hell died in Isfahan soon after, at the age of 35. His widow compiled the four-volume Voyage en Turquie et en Perse from his notes and from Laurens’ detailed drawings.

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Love & devotion in the UK

The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.

Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.


Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads

This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.

For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page

Visit the exhibition

The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.

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