Symposium about Albert Hotz (1855-1930)

4 June 2011

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Dutch entrepeneur Albert Hotz (1855-1930)

A day devoted to Dutch entrepeneur Albert Hotz (1855-1930), active in Qajar Persia between 1873 and 1903, and his cultural legacy. Organised by the International Qajar Studies Association in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden at the occasion of the exhibition 'Handelswaar en Souvenirs' (Islamic Art from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam in the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden) and the 11th international IQSA conference Princes and Courtiers.

  • Date: Saturday 4 June 2011, 9.45 - 17.00 hrs
  • Location: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (address)


09.45-10.15: Registration
10.15-10.45: Opening address: Corien Vuurman, 'Western Photographers in Qajar Persia, the role of Albert Hotz'
10.45-11.15: Hans Timmermans, 'Commercial relations between Persia and the Netherlands in the Qajar Era'
11.15-11.45: Coffee break
11.45-12.05: Ferydoun Barjesteh van Waalwijk van Doorn, 'Albert Hotz, his family and business backgrounds'
12.05-12.25: Touraj Atabaki, 'The Imperial Bank of Persia; a short overview'
12.25-13.45: Lunch
13.45-14.05: Anneke Groeneveld, 'The Hotz Collection of the Wereldmuseum (Ethnographic Museum) of Rotterdam'
14.05-14.25: Arnoud Vrolijk, 'The Hotz Collection of Photographs at the Leiden University Library'
14.25-14.45: Herman Maes, 'Some words on the condition of and conservation requirements for the Hotz collection of photographs'
14.45-15.00: Discussion
15.00-15.25: Tea break
15.25-15.45: Curator RMO, 'Exhibition Handelswaar en Souvenirs/Islamic Art'
15.45-17.00: Visit of exhibition

  • Conference fee Saturday: €25 (including coffee, tea and cakes, museum entrance)
  • Lunch: €25
  • Dinner: €40
  • Publication: 'Nineteenth-century Persia in the photographs of Albert Hotz. Images from the Hotz Photograph Collection of the Leiden University Library, the Netherlands' with 300 mostly unpublished images of nineteenth century Persia, hard cover: €55.
  • More information about registration and payments: website The International Qajar Studies Association