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Jan Ellison Photo Gallery

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Photographs of Persia taken by Jan Ellison in 1945-1948 while working as a Functional Officer for the British Council. The photographs are from Ellison Album 1 and include images of Qom, Shiraz, Tehran and Persepolis as well as rural landscapes, mountains, archaeology at Persepolis and a photograph of Ellison and the Minister of Education as well as a photograph of the young Shah and Prime Minister.

The Ellison Collection was received as a bequest to the Archive in 1987. The captions in quotation marks are original album captions.

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Ellison Alb 1-001
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Ellison Alb 1-002
Desert scene Desert scene with young male peasant
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“The tomb of Oinaz Khayyam at Nishapour” “Mashad Stone Cutters making cooking vessels”
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“Hassarabad a mountain village on the way to Taleghan” “The Shahristanak valley”
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“Outside one of the poltirus at Natans” Ellison with a group of local boys “A valley in the Bakhtiari county”
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“Pas Zaleh above Shemiran in the Albore” mountain view just outside of Tehran Ellison and local with donkey
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Ellison Alb 1-012
“Spring in the Natane valley” Young girl “Opium poppies near Esfahan”
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Ellison Alb 1-014
“The holy city of Qom” Street scene inc covered woman “A tchai-Khaneh on the road to Mashad” House by a lake
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“Villagers from Ab-i-Qarm in the Deinavind region” “Peeled tree trunks in Nazain Sultan’s garden, Galanduak”
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Ellison Alb 1-018
“A waterfall in the Albore with Inolouk” “A pottery shop at Mashad” Group of men
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Ellison Alb 1-019
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Ellison Alb 1-020
“Mountain sheep above Natane” “A halt near the top of the Albore mountains on the Chalons south to the Caspian”
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Ellison Alb 1-021
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Ellison Alb 1-022
“Bagh-e-Eram, a famous garden near Shiraz” “Garden of Quietness” Donkey and local children
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Ellison Alb 1-024
“Madresh-e-Chaharbagh, theological college, Esfahan” “The Si-o-Sei Pol with the Zayandeh Reiver in flood, Esfahan”
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Ellison Alb 1-025
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Ellison Alb 1-026
The road to the Caspian winding down into Thazandirand Young village boy on route
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Ellison Alb 1-027
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Ellison Alb 1-028
“Avenue of chinan/poplars with Eviv and Dishii Gashrall, Vakilibad” Rural scene “A carved wooden door at Natanz.” Ellison in front of door carved with Islamic writings
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Ellison Alb 1-029
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Ellison Alb 1-030
The mosque at Natanz Water channel
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Ellison Alb 1-031
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Ellison Alb 1-032
“A village doorway with Male & Female knockers” “Eli Owen on the top of the Tochal.” Mountain scene
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“Frances Gladman on the top of millstones” Mountain scene “Zivehs Kuseho and Rugs” Water jugs, peasant shoes and rugs
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Ellison Alb 1-036
“Open courtyard in the dark Esfahan bazaar & colourful tilework” “Camels halting in an old caravanserai near Natanz”
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“Subtropical vegetation in Mazanderand” “Subtropical vegetation in Mazanderand”
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“ On the way to Shahristanak” Mountain scene “Galanduak” Rural scene
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Ellison Alb 1-042
“The British Consulat, Mashad” “No-Rug hospitality” (Ellison dining with 2 Persian men during the Persian New Year)
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Old women with 2 young girls with bundles & mountains behind “The tomb of Hafez at Shiraz”
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“The desert & view of the mountains, near Ishiran” “Turquoise domed Iman zadih at Afeishdeh”
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“Gornbad-e-kabons” on the edge of the Turkoman Steppes “Gornbad-e-kabons” on the edge of the Turkoman Steppes
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“Evie & Dishie Gastrell towards the Afghan frontier” “Return from the Taleghan Valley” Rural scene
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“The village katkhoda & his family” Family shot of reasonably well off Iranians (& covered women) “Village in the Takghan Valley”
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Ellison Alb 1-054
“Spring in a valley near Mashad” “Rain on the Chalous Road” Mountain Scene
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“Iranian State railway” Groups of townsmen
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“Picnic with a Bahai family in the Crarus, above Natouz in 1944” “Gombad-e kabous”
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“The Village of Avanak in the Tahghan valley” “Breakfast near Samakabad”
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Close up of a gombad-e kabous House at Avanak
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“Average house, Tehran” “View of Tehran, taken from British Council office building
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“Zaqvam Saltench’s house, now the Anglo-Persian Institute” A flock of sheep and goats in the Gulpaigan District
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“Where the path to Sharistanak leaves the Chalous Road” Rocky mountain scenes “Blossom breaking into the bedroom nr. Natanz”
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“Haf-Nauz – the valley of the 7 Pools” “Imam Zadeh of Shiraz” View of Mosque
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“Wild poppies & Frances Gladiran in early summer under Demavend” “Sassanian – Rock carvings nr. the site of the ancient capital, Ray, nr. Tehran”
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“Sassanian – Rock carvings nr. the site of the ancient capital, Ray, nr. Tehran” “Lion guarding the Pol-e-Kharje bridge, Isfahan”
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“Recent excavation at Persepolis” head of a horse “Pasagardae, the tomb of Cyrus”
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“Panorama of Persepolis & the road to Shiraz” “Bas relief at Persepolis”
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“Tribesmen & Shepherd boy at Polir” Ellison and friends on edge of river
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“Sassaivan Rock Carvings under the Tombs of the Kings at Naghsh-e Fustain, nr. Persepolis” “Sassaivan Rock Carvings under the Tombs of the Kings at Naghsh-e Fustain, nr. Persepolis”
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“Sassaivan Rock Carvings under the Tombs of the Kings at Naghsh-e Fustain, nr. Persepolis” “Sassaivan Rock Carvings under the Tombs of the Kings at Naghsh-e Fustain, nr. Persepolis”
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“Sassaivan Rock Carvings under the Tombs of the Kings at Naghsh-e Fustain, nr. Persepolis” Bull’s Head at Persepolis
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Ellison & bull’s head at Persepolis Stone carving at Persepolis
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Ellison and Minister of Education Young Shah & P.M. et al

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