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Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), Ballet dancer

Dame Margot Fonteyn

Sitter in 46 portraits
Ballerina. Born Margaret Hookham in Reigate, in 1934 she attended Sadlers Wells Ballet School. Fonteyn (her stage name) joined Lilian Baylis's Sadlers Wells Company. There she became emotionally involved with Constant Lambert, brother of the sculptor, who wrote Horoscope (1938) for her; she also danced the lead in his Tiresias (1951). She came out of semi-retirement to dance with Rudolf Nureyev at his debut with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, in 1962, and with him formed the greatest ballet partnership of the century.

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P894

Margot Fonteyn

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1951
On display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P894

6033

Margot Fonteyn

by Maurice Lambert
bronze bust, 1956
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6033

P490(32)

Margot Fonteyn

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1957
NPG P490(32)

P1167

Margot Fonteyn

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 3 May 1977
NPG P1167

x127566

Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127566

x127567

Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127567

x127568

Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127568

x127569

Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127569

x19229

Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x19229

x19230

Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x19230

x131125

Margot Fonteyn, Mary Honer and June Brae (June Telfer Bear)

by Edward George W. Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 September 1937
NPG x131125

x14284

Margot Fonteyn

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1943
NPG x14284

x125355

Margot Fonteyn

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x125355

x14285

Margot Fonteyn

by Paul Tanqueray
matte bromide print, 1950s
NPG x14285

x14079

Margot Fonteyn

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 28 October 1950
NPG x14079

x30080

Margot Fonteyn; Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1951
NPG x30080

x184371

Violetta Elvin (née Prokhorova); Ninette de Valois; Margot Fonteyn

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, 14 October 1954
NPG x184371

x6044

Margot Fonteyn

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x6044

x87934

Margot Fonteyn

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x87934

x16221

Margot Fonteyn

by Baron Studios
bromide print, circa 1961
NPG x16221