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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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