'Maurice and Walton' (Maurice Mouvet; Florence Walton)

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'Maurice and Walton' (Maurice Mouvet; Florence Walton), by Bassano Ltd, 17 September 1912 - NPG x101584 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'Maurice and Walton' (Maurice Mouvet; Florence Walton)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 September 1912
Given by John Culme, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x101584


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  • Maurice Mouvet (1888-1927), American dancer. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • Florence Walton (1890-1981), American dancer; former wife of Maurice Mouvet and later wife of Leon Leitrim. Sitter in 7 portraits.

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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962). Artist associated with 42699 portraits.

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Maurice Mouvet and Florence Walton married in 1911 and became one of the most successful couples of modern ballroom dancing until their divorce in 1920. Walton was born in Wilmington, Delaware and in 1907 made her stage début in Lew Fields' The Girl Behind the Counter dancing and singing in the chorus. Born in New York, Mouvet grew up in Paris, where he started dancing at an early age. He was considered a great innovator in ballroom dancing and created new dance steps and dances. In 1911 he teamed up with Walton and they began performing together. The tango and the apache became some of their signature dances.