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Ninette de Valois (1898-2001), Founder and Director of the Royal Ballet; wife of Arthur Blackall Connell

Dame Ninette de Valois (Edris Stannus)

Sitter in 26 portraits
Born in Ireland, Edris Stannus began her training with the Lila Field Academy for Children in London. She took the stage name Ninette de Valois and during the war danced at the Lyceum. In 1919 she became premiere danseuse at Covent Garden and she was a member of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes for two seasons, 1923-5. Resolved to form her own company, she established the Academy of Choreographic Art in 1926 and was engaged to arrange dances at the Old Vic. She founded the Vic-Wells Ballet (later The Royal Ballet) in 1931. Among the major ballets she created were Job (1931), The Rake's Progress (1935) and Checkmate (1937). She was made a Dame in 1951.

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P869(9)

Ninette de Valois

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, November 1955
NPG P869(9)

4679

Ninette de Valois

by Frederick Edward ('F.E.') McWilliam
bronze head, 1964
NPG 4679

P1162

Ninette de Valois

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 26 April 1977
NPG P1162

5426

Ninette de Valois

by Zsuzsi Roboz
charcoal, 1980
NPG 5426

x83047

Ninette de Valois

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 25 August 1920
NPG x83047

x18943

Ninette de Valois

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 25 August 1920
NPG x18943

x18944

Ninette de Valois

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 25 August 1920
NPG x18944

x18945

Ninette de Valois

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 25 August 1920
NPG x18945

x18946

Ninette de Valois

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 25 August 1920
NPG x18946

x18947

Ninette de Valois

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 25 August 1920
NPG x18947

x18948

Ninette de Valois

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 25 August 1920
NPG x18948

x194343

Ninette de Valois

by Gordon Anthony
vintage bromide print, 1930s
NPG x194343

x131115

Ninette de Valois instructing pupils at Sadler's Wells Theatre

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 September 1932
NPG x131115

x131116

Ninette de Valois instructing pupils at Sadler's Wells Theatre

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 September 1932
NPG x131116

x88326

Ninette De Valois, Harold Turner and members of The English Ballet rehearsing Les Sylphides

by James Jarché
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 September 1932
NPG x88326

x137030

Dame Ninette de Valois (Edris Stannus) in 'Barabau'

by Gordon Anthony
vintage print, mid 1930s
NPG x137030

x129561

Ninette de Valois

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1936
NPG x129561

x44790

Ninette de Valois

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1937
NPG x44790

x184371

Violetta Elvin (née Prokhorova); Ninette de Valois; Margot Fonteyn

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, 14 October 1954
NPG x184371