Notes for Drawings, Diagrams and Analyses

The Mirza Akbar Architectural Scrolls

These drawings, from which the following examples were selected, were originally acquired for the South Kensington Museum (the precursor of the Victoria & Albert Museum) by Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke in Tehran in 1876.

The Topkapi Scrolls

This remarkable set of architectural drawings was first brought to public attention in 1986 by Filiz Çagman of the Topkapi Palace Museum Library. The scrolls were probably intended for an architectural scheme that was never actually realized (which is why they have survived in such relatively good condition), but the reason why they finished up in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, having originated in Timurid-Turkmen Iran, is obscure.