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Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), Ballet dancer

Sitter in 30 portraits
The Russian-born ballerina Pavlova trained at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg and graduated in 1899. She first danced her incomparable Giselle at the Maryinsky Theatre in 1903 and took the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty in 1908. Her most famous solo, The Dying Swan , was created for her in 1907 by Mikhail Fokine. She appeared briefly with the Ballets Russes but preferred to star in her own company and began to tour from 1908. She made her New York and London debuts in 1910, inviting comparison with her rival Adeline Genée. From 1912 she made London her base, living at Ivy House, Golders Green. Pavlova's ballets include Snowflakes (1915) and Autumn Leaves (1920).

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Anna Pavlova and Michael Mordkin performing the Russian Dance

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1909
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Anna Pavlova

by Unknown photographer
matte bromide postcard print, 1910s
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Anna Pavlova

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé, published by J.J. Samuels
postcard print, 1911
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Anna Pavlova and Laurent Novikoff in 'Autumn Bacchanal'

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
bromide postcard print, 1911
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Anna Pavlova

by The Dover Street Studios Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
glossy postcard print, circa 1911
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Anna Pavlova; Laurent Novikoff

by Foulsham & Banfield, and Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1913
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Anna Pavlova and Laurent Novikoff in 'Amarilla'

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1914
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 June 1920
NPG x18143

x18144

Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 June 1920
NPG x18144

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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 June 1920
NPG x18146

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Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 June 1920
NPG x18147