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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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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
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