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Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), Ballet dancer

Sitter in 30 portraits
The Russian-born ballerina Pavlova trained at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg and graduated in 1899. She first danced her incomparable Giselle at the Maryinsky Theatre in 1903 and took the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty in 1908. Her most famous solo, The Dying Swan , was created for her in 1907 by Mikhail Fokine. She appeared briefly with the Ballets Russes but preferred to star in her own company and began to tour from 1908. She made her New York and London debuts in 1910, inviting comparison with her rival Adeline Genée. From 1912 she made London her base, living at Ivy House, Golders Green. Pavlova's ballets include Snowflakes (1915) and Autumn Leaves (1920).

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Anna Pavlova with her Boston Terrier

by Madame d'Ora (Dora Philippine Kallmus)
sepia-toned postcard print, mid-late 1920s
NPG x132874


Anna Pavlova in Egypt

by Anglo-Swiss Photo-Studio, Cairo
sepia-toned matte vintage print, 1923
NPG x135875


Anna Pavlova in 'Au Bal'

published by Ross Verlag
vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x135876


Anna Pavlova with 'Jack'

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate glass negative, August 1927
NPG x49320


Anna Pavlova with 'Jack'

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate glass negative, August 1927
NPG x49321


Anna Pavlova in 'The Dying Swan'

by Frans van Riel
vintage bromide print, circa 1928
NPG x139574


Anna Pavlova

by Claude Harris
carbon print, 1912-1913
NPG x139739


Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 June 1920
NPG x18148


Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
NPG x158937


Anna Pavlova

by Nicolas Yarovoff
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 11 September 1929
NPG x197332