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Phyllis Bedells (1893-1985), Dancer and choreographer

Sitter in 19 portraits
Bedells made her stage debut as the first oyster in Alice in Wonderland at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, in 1906. The following year she joined the Empire Theatre, where she first appeared with Adeline Genée as the Demon Wrath in Rip van Winkle. She succeeded Lydia Kyasht in the title role of Titania and became principal dancer at the Empire, 1914-15, often partnered by Carlotta Mossetti. By 1920 she was acknowledged as the leading British dancer of the day. In the early 1930s she appeared with the Camargo Society and Vic-Wells Ballet. She retired from the stage in 1935.

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x83010

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 1916
NPG x83010

x19325

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19325

x19326

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19326

x19327

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19327

x19328

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19328

x19329

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19329

x19330

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19330

x19331

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19331

x19332

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19332

x19341

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1916
NPG x19341

x19377

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19377

x19378

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19378

x19379

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19379

x19380

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19380

x19381

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19381

x19382

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19382

x19383

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19383

x19384

Phyllis Bedells

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 April 1919
NPG x19384

D31607

Phyllis Bedells

after Howard van Dusen, and after John Hassall
lithograph, early 20th century
NPG D31607