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Sir Frederick Ashton

(1904-1988), Founder-choreographer and Director of the Royal Ballet

Sitter in 31 portraits
Ashton created his first ballet A Tragedy of Fashion in 1926. Choreographing several pieces for the Vic-Wells Ballet he joined the company in 1935. As resident choreographer, he worked with the young Fonteyn, who became his muse. Among his greatest ballets are Symphonic Variations (1946), Scènes de Ballet (1948), La Fille mal gardée (1960), The Dream (1964), and A Month in the Country (1976). Knighted in 1962, he became director of the company the following year. In 1970 he was made a Companion of Honour and awarded the Order of Merit in 1977. His later ballets include Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan (1979, created for Lynn Seymour) and Rhapsody (1980).

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Sir Frederick Ashton, by Unknown photographer - NPG x336

Sir Frederick Ashton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, late 1960s
NPG x336

Katherine Martha Mlinaric (née Laycock); Sir Frederick Ashton; David Ball, by Angela Gorgas - NPG x133023

Katherine Martha Mlinaric (née Laycock); Sir Frederick Ashton; David Ball

by Angela Gorgas
modern bromide print from original negative, 1977
NPG x133023

Sir Frederick Ashton; Lord David Cecil, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17949(20)

Sir Frederick Ashton; Lord David Cecil

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
NPG D17949(20)

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136211

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136212

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136213

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136215

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at the boat race

probably by Virginia Surtees, or by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage snapshot print, 1 April 1950
NPG x136173

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Sir Frederick Ashton

by Anthony Crickmay
bromide print, 1962
NPG x118

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Sir Frederick Ashton

by Anthony Crickmay
bromide print, 1962
NPG x119

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