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William Chappell

(1907-1994), Dancer, designer and director

William ('Billy') Evelyn Chappell

Sitter in 2 portraits
Chappell studied art before training to be a dancer with Marie Rambert. He became friends with Ashton and in 1928 they joined Ida Rubinstein's company in Paris. On returning to London he danced with Rambert's Ballet Club and began designing sets and costumes for Ashton. He joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1931 and danced with Fonteyn in her first important role in Rio Grande, 1935. His designs for the Company included Cephalus and Procris by de Valois (1931), Ashton's Les Rendezvous (1933) and Les Patineurs (1937) and new decors for Giselle (1935) and Coppèlia (1946).

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William Chappell as Elihu in 'Job', by Gordon Anthony - NPG x44787

William Chappell as Elihu in 'Job'

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1937
NPG x44787

William Chappell, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x194062

William Chappell

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, July 1941
NPG x194062

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