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Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Ballet dancer

Sitter in 31 portraits
The Russian-born ballet dancer Karsavina trained at the Imperial Ballet School and began her career at the Maryinsky Theatre, St Petersburg. She was an original member of the Diaghilev company and created many roles including those in Mikhail Fokine's ballets Les Sylphides (1909), Firebird (1910) and Petrushka (1911). She also appeared at the London Coliseum, where she danced divertissements, and continued to perform with the Maryinsky until 1918. She undertook recital tours across Europe in the 1920s and was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Dancing, 1920-55. She wrote several books, including the autobiographical Theatre Street (1930).

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Tamara Karsavina

by Leon Kamir-Kaufman
pastel, 1913
NPG 5347

x39300

Tamara Karsavina

by Bertram Park
cream-toned bromide print, 1910s
NPG x39300

x45203

Tamara Karsavina as Armide in 'Pavillon d'Armide'

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
whole-plate glass transparency, 1911
NPG x45203

x134199

Tamara Karsavina in 'Le Spectre de la Rose'

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
photogravure, 1911
NPG x134199

x39299

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
matte bromide print, 1912
NPG x39299

x16762

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 27 June 1919
NPG x16762

x16763

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 27 June 1919
NPG x16763

x16764

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 27 June 1919
NPG x16764

x16765

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 27 June 1919
NPG x16765

x16766

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 27 June 1919
NPG x16766

x16767

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 27 June 1919
NPG x16767

x16768

Tamara Karsavina as Columbine in 'Carnaval'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 27 June 1919
NPG x16768

x133148

Tamara Karsavina

by Blake Studios
bromide postcard print, early 1920s
NPG x133148

x133149

Tamara Karsavina

by Blake Studios
bromide postcard print, early 1920s
NPG x133149