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Sir Anton Dolin

(1904-1983), Ballet dancer and choreographer

Sitter in 23 portraits
Dolin was the first British male dancer to be acclaimed internationally. He appeared on stage in London as the Black Cat in Bluebell in Fairyland, 1915, and afterwards trained at the Italia Conti School and with Russian ballerina Serafina Astafyeva. Under the name Patrikéeff, he was engaged by Diaghilev to appear in The Sleeping Princess in 1921. He joined the Ballets Russes two years later and, after leaving the company, danced with Tamara Karsavina at the Coliseum and Ninette de Valois at His Majesty's Theatre. He was a principal dancer with the Vic-Wells Ballet, 1931-5. In 1950 he co-founded the Festival Ballet (later English National Ballet). He was knighted in 1981.

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Sir Anton Dolin, by Unknown photographer - NPG x135834

Sir Anton Dolin

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG x135834

Lubov Tchernicheva; Sir Anton Dolin, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127863

Lubov Tchernicheva; Sir Anton Dolin

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 December 1924
NPG x127863

Lubov Tchernicheva; Sir Anton Dolin, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127864

Lubov Tchernicheva; Sir Anton Dolin

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 December 1924
NPG x127864

Sir Anton Dolin in 'Le Train Bleu', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127866

Sir Anton Dolin in 'Le Train Bleu'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 December 1924
NPG x127866

Sir Anton Dolin in 'Le Train Bleu', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127867

Sir Anton Dolin in 'Le Train Bleu'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 December 1924
NPG x127867

Sir Anton Dolin, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x15528

Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
bromide print, 1930
NPG x15528

Sir Anton Dolin, by Hubert Leslie - NPG D476

Sir Anton Dolin

by Hubert Leslie
cut paper silhouette, 1974 (1927)
NPG D476

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Sir Anton Dolin; Vera Nemchinova (Nemtchinova)

by Paul Tanqueray
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 30 November 1927
NPG x137078

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Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16876

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Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16877

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Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16878

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Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16879

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Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16880

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Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16881

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Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16882

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Alicia Markova; Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16883

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Alicia Markova; Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16884

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Alicia Markova; Sir Anton Dolin

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1935-1937
NPG x16885

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