Search the Collection

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.

List Thumbnail

x137680

Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from 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

Related People

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.