Margot Fonteyn; John Cyril Cranko

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Margot Fonteyn; John Cyril Cranko

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 4 January 1972
11 3/4 in. x 12 1/2 in. (299 mm x 318 mm) image size
Given by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG P1865

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  • John Cyril Cranko (1927-1973), Ballet dancer, choreographer and director of the Stuttgart Ballet. Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), Ballet dancer. Sitter in 51 portraits.

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Fonteyn is shown here with choreographer John Cranko during rehearsals for Poème de l'extase (1970). Snowdon noted 'I find it much more interesting to take another kind of picture...during rehearsals...then I can see the relationship between the dancer and the choreographer as they work something out together.'

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Current affairs

Britain joins the European Community. After two attempts both vetoed by President Charles De Gaulle of France, Britain is finally accepted into the EC under the pro-European leadership of Edward Heath.
British soldiers shoot 14 unarmed protesters in the Bloody Sunday massacre. The men were part of a march through Londonderry, protesting about the policy of internment without trial.

Art and science

David Bowie releases The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; a classic glam-rock concept album with the themes of space aliens, gender ambiguity and rock 'n' roll superstardom.


The arrest of five men who were caught trying to bug the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee marks the beginning of the 'Watergate Scandal'. The scandal centred on attempts to spy on the Democratic opposition in order to help President Nixon's re-election, and finally led to Nixon's resignation two years later.
Black September Palestinian terrorists murder 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich.

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