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Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), Ballet dancer

Dame Margot Fonteyn

Sitter in 46 portraits
Born Margaret Hookham in Reigate, in 1934 Margot attended the Vic-Wells Ballet School, and by the time she was twenty had danced the lead in three of the great classics: Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. She later joined the Lilian Baylis's Sadlers Wells Company where 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). Fonteyn 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
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
bromide press 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

x137680

Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, February 1962
NPG x137680

x125577

Margot Fonteyn

by Alan Bergman
selenium-toned bromide print, 1972
NPG x125577

P1865

Dame Margot Fonteyn; John Cyril Cranko

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 4 January 1972
On display in Room 37a at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1865

x136164

Margot Fonteyn

probably by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, 1946
NPG x136164

x136165

Margot Fonteyn

probably by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, 1946
NPG x136165

x136166

Margot Fonteyn; Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke

probably by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, 1946
NPG x136166

x136167

Margot Fonteyn; Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke

probably by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, 1946
NPG x136167

x136168

Margot Fonteyn

probably by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, 1946
NPG x136168

x136171

Paddy Stephenson; Margot Fonteyn; Julia Farron; Michael George Somes

possibly by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage snapshot print, September-October 1948
NPG x136171

x136218

Group on Avenue Raymond Poincarré in Paris

possibly by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage snapshot print, September-October 1948
NPG x136218

x137537

Margot Fonteyn

by Baron (Sterling Henry Nahum)
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published 21 July 1948
NPG x137537

x193354

Margot Fonteyn

by Baron (Sterling Henry Nahum)
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published 18 May 1949
NPG x193354

x136173

Group at the boat race

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

x136223

Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 6th Bt; Margot Fonteyn

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, 1 April 1950
NPG x136223

x136169

Margot Fonteyn

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, Summer 1953
NPG x136169

x136180

Margot Fonteyn

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, Summer 1953
NPG x136180

x136181

Margot Fonteyn; Hilda Hookham (née Fontes)

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, Summer 1953
NPG x136181

x136184

Margot Fonteyn

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, Summer 1953
NPG x136184

x136170

Margot Fonteyn

probably by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, October 1954
NPG x136170