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Anna Pavlova

16 of 30 portraits of Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova, by Bassano Ltd, 28 June 1920 - NPG x84450 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna Pavlova

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 28 June 1920
8 in. x 6 in. (204 mm x 151 mm) overall
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x84450


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  • Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), Ballet dancer. Sitter in 30 portraits.

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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962). Artist associated with 42694 portraits.

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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.