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Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), Ballet dancer

Dame Margot Fonteyn

Sitter in 46 portraits
Born Margaret Hookham in Reigate, in 1934 Margot attended the Vic-Wells Ballet School, and by the time she was twenty had danced the lead in three of the great classics: Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. She later joined the Lilian Baylis's Sadlers Wells Company where she became emotionally involved with Constant Lambert, brother of the sculptor, who wrote Horoscope (1938) for her. She also danced the lead in his Tiresias (1951). Fonteyn came out of semi-retirement to dance with Rudolf Nureyev at his debut with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, in 1962, and with him formed the greatest ballet partnership of the century.

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Margot Fonteyn

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1951
NPG P894


Margot Fonteyn

by Maurice Lambert
bronze bust, 1956
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6033


Margot Fonteyn

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1957
NPG P490(32)


Margot Fonteyn

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 3 May 1977
NPG P1167


Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127566


Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127567


Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127568


Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 December 1935
NPG x127569


Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1936
NPG x19229


Margot Fonteyn

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x19230


Margot Fonteyn, Mary Honer and June Brae (June Telfer Bear)

by Edward George W. Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 September 1937
NPG x131125


Margot Fonteyn

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1943
NPG x14284


Margot Fonteyn

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x125355


Margot Fonteyn

by Paul Tanqueray
matte bromide print, 1950s
NPG x14285


Margot Fonteyn

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 28 October 1950
NPG x14079


Margot Fonteyn; Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1951
NPG x30080


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

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


Margot Fonteyn

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x6044


Margot Fonteyn

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x87934


Margot Fonteyn

by Baron Studios
bromide print, circa 1961
NPG x16221

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