First Previous 5 OF 26 NextLast

Ninette de Valois

5 of 26 portraits of Ninette de Valois

Ninette de Valois, by Zsuzsi Roboz, 1980 - NPG 5426 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Ninette de Valois

by Zsuzsi Roboz
charcoal, 1980
25 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (654 mm x 502 mm)
Given by Zsuzsi Roboz, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5426


Click on the links below to find out more:

Share this

Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

This portraitback to top

Born in County Wicklow, Ireland, de Valois studied dance under Legat and Cecchetti and became the principal dancer with the British National Opera in 1918. A soloist with Diagheliv's Ballet Russes in 1923, she left three years later to open the Academy of Choreographic Art in London. From 1926-31 she was Choreographic Director to the Old Vic, the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Together with Lillian Baylis she formed the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1931 (later the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet). Her ambition to create a British National Ballet was realized in 1956 with the granting of a charter to the Royal Ballet. She was the Royal Ballet's director for 32 years.

Linked publicationsback to top

Subject/Themeback to top

Events of 1980back to top

Current affairs

Margaret Thatcher makes one of her most famous speeches, living up to her nickname of 'the Iron Lady'. The speech was given to the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in response to the media speculation that the party would go back on its counter-inflationary policies: 'The lady's not for turning!'

Art and science

John Lennon is murdered on the steps of his house. After fatally shooting him, Mark David Chapman calmly sat down on the pavement and waited to be arrested by police. Chapman had a history of mental illness and claimed that he had committed the murder as a way of getting attention.

International

Iraq invades Iran, beginning eight years of conflict. The invasion followed years of border disputes, but was precipitated by the 1979 revolution in Iran and the resulting instability which Saddam Hussein saw as an opportunity to expand Iraqi influence in the region. Despite early gains for Iraq, the conflict soon descended into a war of attrition with huge causalities caused by Iraq's use of chemical weapons.

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license this image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.