The Holburne Museum presents Ellen Tanner’s collection of Middle Eastern art

Ellen Georgiana Tanner (1874-1937) was one of the first British women to travel solo to the Middle East. This summer, following a major conservation project, the sumptuous textiles, delicate carved woodwork and lacquer, and elaborately decorated metalwork she collected during her travels go on display for the first time at The Holburne Museum. Born near Bristol, Tanner received an inheritance of £18,000 which enabled her to travel, first in Europe and then further afield. In 1894, she travelled by steamer to Baghdad in Iraq, beginning a journey overland on horseback into Persia (now Iran) accompanied only by local guides, staying in caravanserais along the route, and exploring the bazaars of Baghdad, Shiraz, Teheran and Isfahan. She eventually settled in Bath and between 1917 and 1932, donated more than 85 items to The Holburne. The collection reflects the richness of secular Middle Eastern figurative and

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