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Adolph Bolm as the Prince and Tamara Karsavina as Queen Thamar in 'Thamar'

10 of 32 portraits of Tamara Karsavina

Adolph Bolm as the Prince and Tamara Karsavina as Queen Thamar in 'Thamar', by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé, 1912 - NPG x134198 - © 2013 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.

© 2013 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.

Adolph Bolm as the Prince and Tamara Karsavina as Queen Thamar in 'Thamar'

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
photogravure, 1912
7 5/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (193 mm x 144 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2010
Photographs Collection
NPG x134198

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  • Adolph Bolm (1884-1951), Ballet dancer and choreographer. Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Ballet dancer. Sitter in 32 portraits.

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  • Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé (1878-1972), Photographer and writer. Artist associated with 185 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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This orientally-inspired ballet was set in the castle of Thamar, the Queen of Georgia , who lured passing suitors by waving her scarf from the window. Bolm played the role of the Prince who is seduced and murdered by Thamar, danced by Karsavina. Léon Bakst's vibrant costumes and sets drew inspiration from Georgian traditional dress and architecture, and dazzled audiences with its exotic theme.

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