Soltan Abdol Majid Mirza, Eyn-ed-Dowleh


Photo of Soltan Abdol Majid Mirza and his son Soltan Abdol Hamid Mirza. Courtesy Soltan Mohammad Mirza.

Prince Soltan Abdol Majid Mirza, Eyn-ed-Dowleh, was one of the prominent political personalities during the reign of Mozaffar-ed-Din Shah. He was Prime Minister during the turbulent years of transition from absolute to constitutional rule. He was also Mozaffar-ed-Din Shah's son-in-law, having married Mozaffar-ed-Din Shah's eldest daughter, Princess Fakhr-os-Saltaneh. He was a rival of Prince Abdol Hossein Mirza Farman Farma, who was also a son-in-law of Mozaffar-ed-Din Shah, as well as being Mozaffar-ed-Din Shah's brother-in-law. The closeness of Mozaffar-ed-Din shah and Prince Eyn-ed-Dowleh is nowhere better expressed than in this famous painting of the two aging cousins by Sani Homayoun.


Soltan Abdol Majid Mirza was the eldest son of Prince Soltan Ahmad Mirza (Azod-ed-Dowleh), author of the authoritative Tarikh-e Azodi, a wonderful account of the early Qajar rulers and their descendants.


Private archives of the Azodi family
Painting by Sani Homayoun in Layla Diba, Royal Persian Paintings, I.B. Tauris, London, 1998.


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