ANNA PAVLOVA - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED - HFSID 143535
Sale Price $1,190.00
Lovely presentation of the Russian prima ballerina in her signature role in The Dying Swan.
Post Card Photograph signed: "Anna Pavlova". B/w, 3¼x5¼. British postcard by Schneider for J. Beagles & Co. Ltd. British stamp affixed affixed on verso, postmark illegible. Addressed in pencil (unknown hand) to a collector in Stroud (windowed to show verso). Captioned at lower margin on front: "MADAME ANNA PAVLOVA./The Celebrated Russian Dancer". Depicted in costumer in her signature role in The Dying Swan. Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) made her U.S. debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1910. She had studied with the Maryinsky Theatre's Imperial School of Ballet in 1891, joining the Imperial Ballet in 1899 and becoming a prima ballerina, after having successfully danced Giselle, in 1906, the year before she embarked on her first tour of Moscow. After returning to Russia in 1910, Pavlova founded her own group with eight dancers in St. Petersburg, Russia, and she began making world tours (including her first return visit to the U.S.) in 1913. Pavlova was known for her grace and elegance, evident in her most famous performance, The Dying Swan. In 1918, she choreographed Autumn Leaves, which, along with Californian Poppy and The Dragonfly, became audience favorites. Lightly creased and worn at corners. Minor surface creases, primarily at background, one of which has been inexpertly repaired with tape (remnant present on front). Lightly soiled on front and verso, touching signature. Overall, fair condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 14¾x23½.
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