16 of 30 portraits of Anna Pavlova
by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
8 in. x 6 in. (204 mm x 151 mm) overall
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Ivy House, in Golders Green, became Pavlova's home in 1912. Even though she only lived in the house for short periods, many portraits of Pavlova with friends or posing with her pets survive. In the garden pond she kept swans, which she studied to bring realism to her signature role of the Dying Swan. In her London home, ballets were devised and rehearsed in a specially designed studio, and sets and costumes were made and stored. Pavlova's association with Britain can also be traced to the beginning of her career, when she made her London debut at the Palace Theatre in 1910.