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Published in honor of the UK Bahá'í Centenary, 1998/99.
Original site defunct; preserved at Reformatted for posting here.

Picture Gallery of Early British Bahá'ís

United Kingdom Bahá'í Heritage Site, 1998
With the help of Messrs George Ronald, Publisher, Oxford and others we have created a gallery of pictures of early British (and British-connected) Bahá'ís. They are in medium quality JPEG format - good enough to download for your own use while not being so large as to make this an overlong procedure. [Note: this was written in 1998, bandwidth was limited. -J.W.]


(Above) Mary Virginia Thornburgh Cropper

Photograph of Mary Virginia Thornburgh-Cropper, an American living in London who became, in 1898, the first person in the British Isles to enrol in the Bahá'í Faith.

(Above) Ethel Rosenberg

Photograph of Ethel Rosenberg, who declared her faith in 1899 - the second person in the U.K. to do so, and the first native believer.

(Above) Thomas Breakwell

Photograph of Thomas Breakwell, who became a Bahá'í in Paris in 1901, the first Englishman to accept the Faith. Breakwell died young and was beloved of 'Abdu'l-Bahá.

(Above) Portrait, detail, Mrs Thornburgh-Cropper as a young woman.

Detail from a portrait of Mrs Thornburgh-Cropper as a young woman.


(Above) Lady Blomfield

Photograph of Sara Louisa, Lady Blomfield. 'Abdu'l-Bahá's host when He visited London in 1911, and author of "The Chosen Highway", Lady Blomfield has another claim to fame. Née Ryan, she was, as far as we know, the first person of Irish birth to become a Bahá'í.

(Above) George Townshend

Photograph of George Townshend, Church of Ireland cleric and later Hand of the Cause of God, whose writings on the Faith remain essential study.

(Above) John Esslemont

Photograph of John Esslemont, Scottish physician and later secretary to Shoghi Effendi. Author of "Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era", he was named a Hand of the Cause posthumously.


(Above) HM Queen Marie of Romania

(Above) HM Queen Marie

Photographs of HM Queen Marie of Romania in later life (as Queen Mother) around the time she accepted the Bahá'í Faith, and younger, as Queen Consort of Romania. She was the first crowned head to become a Bahá'í. Originally the Princess Marie of Edinburgh, she was grand-daughter to Queen Victoria, the only ruler among those addressed by Bahá'u'lláh who did not give a wholly negative response to His message.

(Above) HH the Malietoa Tanumafili II of Western Samoa

To complement these, a picture of HH the Malietoa Tanumafili II of Western Samoa, the first reigning monarch to accept the Faith. There is a British connection - Western Samoa, an independent nation, is a member of the Commonwealth.

(Above) Edward Granville Browne

Picture of Edward Granville Browne in Persian dress. Professor Browne qualified as a physician but spent his life pursuing the studies he really loved - the Middle East, and particularly Persia. It is sometimes said he is the only Westerner to have met Bahá'u'lláh. This is not true, but he did leave the only detailed account of such a meeting, and it shows how moved he was by the experience.


(Above) Lady Blomfield

(Above) Mrs S. V. Thornburgh-Cropper

Colour portraits of Lady Blomfield and of Mrs M. V. Thornburgh-Cropper as a young woman - these are on display at the U.K. national Bahá'í centre in London.


(Above) Likeness of 'Abdu'l-Bahá by Kahlil Gibran

(Above) Likeness of 'Abdu'l-Bahá by Miss Souley-Cambell

Two likenesses of 'Abdu'l-Bahá not often seen, one by Kahlil Gibran, the other (the compiler's personal favourite) by Miss Souley-Cooper.

Bahá'ís are reminded of the respect and appropriate care they should exercise in using the likeness of 'Abdu'l-Bahá.


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Resting Place of Shoghi Effendi, New Southgate, London

An evocative picture of the Resting Place of the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, in North London. This picture was scanned at higher resolution for better printing after download, so the file size is larger than the others, around 85k.


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Two larger JPG colour graphs of the grave of Hand of the Cause John Esslemont, in the Bahá'í Cemetery in Haifa, and a smaller one showing its inscription "By all who knew him, he was loved."


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A miniature by Ethel Rosenberg, the first native Believer in the United Kingdom, of the noted Bahá'í calligrapher Mishkin-Qalam. A large file, of print quality. This picture is on display in the Mansion of Bahá'u'lláh at Bahji. We are grateful to the Universal House of Justice for permitting us to use it.


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A miniature by Ethel Rosenberg of Zaynu'l-Muqarrabin, "apostle of Bahá'u'lláh . A large file, of print quality. This picture is on display in the Mansion of Bahá'u'lláh at Bajhi. We are grateful to the Universal House of Justice for permitting us to use it.


E. G. Browne

Edward Granville Browne in later life.


J. E. Esslemont, Hand of the Cause of God

Dr John E. Esslemont - a hitherto unpublished photograph.
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