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Portrait of the Day: Dame Margot Fonteyn

Past event archive
14 November 2019, 12:30

Room 31


  • Talks and Lectures

Margot Fonteyn
by Maurice Lambert
NPG 6033

Born Margaret Hookham in Reigate, in 1934 Margot attended the Vic-Wells Ballet School, and by the time she was twenty had danced the lead in three of the great classics: Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. She later joined Lilian Baylis's Sadlers Wells Company where she became emotionally involved with Constant Lambert (brother of the sculptor Maurice Lambert), who wrote Horoscope (1938) for her. She danced the lead in his Tiresias (1951). Fonteyn came out of semi-retirement to dance with Rudolf Nureyev at his debut with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, in 1962, and with him formed one of the greatest ballet partnerships of the twentieth century.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.