Ninette de Valois
1 portrait of Ninette de Valois
© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London
Ninette de Valois
by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1937
19 3/8 in. x 14 7/8 in. (493 mm x 377 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Dame Ninette de Valois (Edris Stannus) (1898-2001), Founder and Director of the Royal Ballet; wife of Arthur Blackall Connell. Sitter in 26 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Gordon Anthony (1902-1989), Photographer. Artist of 113 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The background of this photograph makes reference to the ballet Checkmate, which premiered at Sadler's Wells in October 1937, with libretto and music by Arthur Bliss and designs by Edward McKnight Kauffer. The photographer, Gordon Anthony, was de Valois's brother.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Faces of the Century, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 October 1999 to 30 January 2000), p. 211
Events of 1937back to top
Current affairsGeorge VI becomes king. The younger brother of Edward VIII was crowned on the 12th May and the coronation was broadcast to Britain and the Empire on the radio. Edward becomes the Duke of Windsor, although the rank of 'Royal Highness' is not extended to Wallis Simpson.
Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister following Baldwin's retirement.
Art and scienceRoland Penrose organises a tour of Picasso's painting Guernica to the UK. The painting, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, went on display at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London.
A new synthetic fabric is invented and named after New York and London: Nylon.
InternationalCommercial airship travel is brought to an end with the 'Hindenberg Disaster'. The German airship exploded while landing in New Jersey. The radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison's reaction has become legendary: 'Oh, the humanity!'
Japan invades China, killing about 25,000. Japanese Troops committed numerous atrocities against soldiers and civilians in what became known as the 'Rape of Nanking'.