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Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), Founder-choreographer and Director of the Royal Ballet

Sitter in 29 portraits
Encouraged by Marie Rambert, Ashton created his first ballet A Tragedy of Fashion in 1926. He choreographed several pieces for the Vic-Wells Ballet before joining the Company in 1935. As resident choreographer, he worked with the young Fonteyn, who became his life-long muse. Among his greatest ballets are Symphonic Variations (1946), Scènes de Ballet (1948), La Fille mal gardée (1960), The Dream (1964), and A Month in the Country (1976). Knighted in 1962, he became director of the Company the following year. Ashton was made a Companion of Honour in 1970 and awarded the Order of Merit in 1977. His later ballets include Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan (1979, created for Lynn Seymour) and Rhapsody (1980).

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Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136211

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Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136212

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Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136213

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Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136215

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Group at the boat race

probably by Virginia Surtees, or by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage snapshot print, 1 April 1950
NPG x136173

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Sir Frederick Ashton

by Anthony Crickmay
bromide print, 1962
NPG x118

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Sir Frederick Ashton

by Anthony Crickmay
bromide print, 1962
NPG x119

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Sir Frederick Ashton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, late 1960s
NPG x336