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Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Ballet dancer

Sitter in 32 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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5347

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

x134193

Tamara Karsavina as the Firebird in 'L'Oiseau de Feu' (The Firebird)

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
photogravure, 1911
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x134193

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

x83115

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 21 October 1920
NPG x83115

x83116

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 21 October 1920
NPG x83116

x13201

Tamara Karsavina in 'Le Astuzie Femminili'

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
sepia-toned matte bromide print, 1920
NPG x13201

x18121

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 October 1920
NPG x18121

x18122

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 October 1920
NPG x18122

x18123

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 October 1920
NPG x18123

x18124

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 October 1920
NPG x18124

x18125

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 October 1920
NPG x18125

x101080

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 October 1920
NPG x101080

x101082

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 October 1920
NPG x101082

x139701

Tamara Karsavina

by Schloss-Atelier, published by Ross Verlag
postcard print, 1925
NPG x139701

x81076MP

Tamara Karsavina as the Firebird and Adolph Bolm as Ivan Tsarevich in 'L'Oiseau de Feu' (The Firebird)

by Bassano Ltd
modern print from whole-plate glass negative, 2015 (27 June 1912)
NPG x81076MP

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