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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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x83115

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 21 October 1920
NPG x83115

x83116

Tamara Karsavina

by Bassano Ltd
vintage 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