On recto of the print, a handwritten number in white ink, probably by Antoin Sevruguin reads, "151." The same number appears in the same location in the print of this image in the Myron Bement Smith Collection of Antoin Sevruguin Photographs held in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
This photograph forms part of a group that is believed to have belonged to Earl Thomas Crain (1907-1989), an American foreign service officer who was stationed in Iran from 1935. The group of photographs are believed to have been originally acquired by the father of Crain’s wife, Elizabeth Agnes Hildebrand, who was an honorary council for Switzerland in Iran after the first world war.
A print of the same image is in the Myron Bement Smith Collection: Antoin Sevruguin Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985. Reference number: FSA A.4 2.12.Up.53