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Alicia Markova

(1910-2004), Ballet dancer

Dame Alicia Markova

Sitter in 32 portraits
One of the great ballerinas of the twentieth century, Markova was admired for the purity and lightness of her dancing. At the age of fourteen she joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, where she created roles for choreographer George Balanchine. As prima ballerina with the Vic-Wells Ballet, (1933-35), she was the first British dancer to appear as Giselle and Odette/Odile, and created roles in Rendezvous (1933), and The Rake's Progress (1935). In 1935 she formed a touring company with Anton Dolin, and in 1950 they co-founded the Festival Ballet (English National Ballet). She was made a Dame in 1963 and became director of the New York Metropolitan Opera Ballet, 1963-69.

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Alicia Markova, by Jacob Kramer - NPG 6549

Alicia Markova

by Jacob Kramer
pastel, 1936
NPG 6549

Alicia Markova, by Richard Browne - NPG 6163

Alicia Markova

by Richard Browne
bronze half-length figure, 1961
NPG 6163

Alicia Markova, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1203

Alicia Markova

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 October 1976
NPG P1203

Alicia Markova, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137759

Alicia Markova

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1941
NPG x137759

Alicia Markova, by Hugh Broderick - NPG x194291

Alicia Markova

by Hugh Broderick
vintage print, circa 1942
NPG x194291

Dame Alicia Markova, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x137037

Dame Alicia Markova

by Gordon Anthony
vintage print, 1950
NPG x137037

Edward Brian Seago; Dame Alicia Markova, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x137038

Edward Brian Seago; Dame Alicia Markova

by Gordon Anthony
vintage print, circa 1950
NPG x137038

Alicia Markova, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40258

Alicia Markova

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 11 January 1950
NPG x40258

Dame Alicia Markova, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x137036

Dame Alicia Markova

by Gordon Anthony
vintage print, 1951
NPG x137036

Alicia Markova, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x35784

Alicia Markova

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 12 May 1955
NPG x35784

Alicia Markova, by Walter Bird - NPG x167147

Alicia Markova

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 31 July 1963
NPG x167147

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Alicia Markova; Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16883

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Alicia Markova; Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16884

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Alicia Markova; Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1935-1937
NPG x16885

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Alicia Markova; Sir Anton Dolin

by Gordon Anthony
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 23 June 1948
NPG x137541

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Dame Alicia Markova

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 7 October 1953
NPG x136631

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Alicia Markova

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 12 May 1955
NPG x35781

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Alicia Markova

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 12 May 1955
NPG x35782

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Alicia Markova

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 12 May 1955
NPG x35783

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Alicia Markova

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 12 May 1955
NPG x35785

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