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Ballet in Focus is a display of nearly 40 portraits celebrating key ballet dancers from the start of the 20th Century. It is on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London until July 24th 2011.

Sir Anton Dolin, 1924 by Bassano Copyright: National Portrait Gallery, London via National Portrait Gallery

Are you in London? Into dance and feeling nostalgic? Then you’re in luck. A display of rarely seen photographs at the National Portrait Gallery is celebrating key ballet dancers from the start of the 20th Century. This includes photographs of Adeline Genée, Anna Pavlova and Ninette de Valois.

Dame Ninette de Valois, 1920 by Bassano Copyright: National Portrait Gallery, London via National Portrait Gallery

Nearly 30 of the photographs on display are from the once fashionable photographic studio Bassano Ltd. The National Portrait Gallery holds the surviving archive of the Bassano studio, which comprises of over 40,000 whole-plate and half-plate negatives. The display also includes a newly acquired portfolio of sepia photogravures published by the Fine Art Society in 1913.

Tamara Karsavina, 1911 by E.O.HoppÈ Copyright: 2010 E.O. HoppÈ Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance via National Portrait Gallery
Dame Adeline Genée, 1916 by Bassano Copyright: National Portrait Gallery, London via National Portrait Gallery

The display is on view until this coming 24th July, so don’t delay. There’s also lots more to see at the National Portrait Gallery whilst you’re there, including Glamour of the Gods.

For further information, visit: npg.org.uk.

written by webo29

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