Margot Fonteyn(1919-1991), Ballet dancer
Dame Margot Fonteyn
Sitter in 47 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.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below