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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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Hilda Hookham (née Fontes); Margot Fonteyn

probably by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage snapshot print, October 1954
NPG x136198

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Margot Fonteyn; Hilda Hookham (née Fontes)

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, October 1954
NPG x136199

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Margot Fonteyn

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, October 1954
NPG x136200

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Margot Fonteyn

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, October 1954
NPG x136201

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Margot Fonteyn; Hilda Hookham (née Fontes)

by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, October 1954
NPG x136202

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Margot Fonteyn

by Felix Fonteyn
bromide press print, 1979
NPG x184377