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Adolph Bolm as the Prince and Tamara Karsavina as Queen Thamar in 'Thamar'

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Adolph Bolm as the Prince and Tamara Karsavina as Queen Thamar in 'Thamar', by E.O. Hoppé, 1912 - NPG x134198 - © 2018 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.

© 2018 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.

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Adolph Bolm as the Prince and Tamara Karsavina as Queen Thamar in 'Thamar'

by E.O. Hoppé
photogravure, 1912
7 5/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (193 mm x 144 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2010
Photographs Collection
NPG x134198

Sittersback to top

  • Adolph Bolm (1884-1951), Ballet dancer and choreographer. Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Ballet dancer. Sitter in 31 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé (1878-1972), Photographer and writer. Artist associated with 185 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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This orientally-inspired ballet was set in the castle of Thamar, the Queen of Georgia , who lured passing suitors by waving her scarf from the window. Bolm played the role of the Prince who is seduced and murdered by Thamar, danced by Karsavina. Léon Bakst's vibrant costumes and sets drew inspiration from Georgian traditional dress and architecture, and dazzled audiences with its exotic theme.

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Events of 1912back to top

Current affairs

The Royal Flying Corps is established. During the Great War, planes and balloons were used mainly for reconnaissance and observation before technological advances made them fast enough and manoeuvrable enough to attack enemy positions and fight in the air. Arthur (Bomber) Harris won distinction as a pilot destroying five enemy aircraft in the war. In the Second World War he became Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

Art and science

George Bernard Shaw writes Pygmalion.
Charles Babbage's invents the Analytic Machine. Considered to be the forerunner to the modern computer, the machine was able to make automatic mathematical calculations.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton publishes his hugely popular, but now largely neglected, novel Last Days of Pompeii, set in the Italian city at the time of Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79AD.


Scott leads the British Expedition to the South Pole reaching it in January 1912 only to discover that the rival Norwegian party had beaten them by a month. All members of Scott's team perished on the return journey. Captain Oates' famous last words were immortalised in Scott's diary: 'I am just going outside and may be some time.'
The 'unsinkable' Titanic strikes an iceberg and goes down on its maiden journey between Southampton and New York.

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