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Maud Allan (1873-1956), Dancer

Sitter in 11 portraits
Canadian dancer, Allan trained as a musician before developing a unique expressive style of dance, performing barefoot and in loose garments. She made her debut in Vienna in 1903 and achieved fame (and notoriety) with her sensational Vision of Salome, which she first performed at the Palace Theatre, London, 1908. She toured widely during the First World War but her career came to an end when, after losing a libel trial in 1918, she was exposed as the sister of a murderer and shunned by theatres. She died in obscurity in a Los Angeles convalescence home.

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Maud Allan

by Richard George Mathews
charcoal and red chalk, circa 1908
NPG 6730

Ax160221

Maud Allan dancing Mendelssohn's Spring Songs

by Foulsham & Banfield, printed by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
hand-coloured postcard print, 1900s
NPG Ax160221

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Maud Allan

by Reutlinger, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x138170

x5154

Maud Allan as Salome in 'The Vision of Salome'

by Foulsham & Banfield
postcard print, circa 1908
NPG x5154

Ax160370

Maud Allan as Salome in 'The Vision of Salome'

by Gerlach, published by G.G. & Co
matte bromide postcard print, circa 1908
NPG Ax160370

Ax160371

Maud Allan as Salome in 'The Vision of Salome'

by Reutlinger, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1908
NPG Ax160371

Ax160375

Maud Allan as Salome in 'The Vision of Salome'

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1908
NPG Ax160375

x83002

Maud Allan

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 1913
NPG x83002

x137358

Maud Allan

by Foulsham & Banfield
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 15 July 1908
NPG x137358