5 of 20 portraits of Lydia Lopokova
by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, feigned oval, early 1940s
18 1/8 in. x 15 in. (460 mm x 381 mm)
Given by Lady Charlotte Bonham-Carter, 1988
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- Lydia Lopokova (Lady Keynes) (1892-1981), Ballet dancer; wife of Baron Keynes. Sitter in 20 portraits.
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- Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 28 portraits.
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Born in St Petersburg, Lopokova graduated from the Imperial Ballet School to the corps de ballet of the Mariinsky in 1909. A year later she joined Diagheliv's Ballets Russes and created the role of Columbine in Carnaval. In 1911 she went to work in the US before returning to Diagheliv's company in London five years later. In 1919 she astounded British audiences with her comic performance in La Boutique Fantasque. Two years later she married the economist Maynard Keynes and together they founded the Arts Theatre, Cambridge. She continued to dance and was an influential supporter of British ballet.