Bassano studio

Long before Maurice Seymour in Chicago and Max Dupain in Sydney and Melbourne glamourised ballet dancers for the benefit of the entrepreneurs marketing the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, early 20th century dancers were similarly glorified in the London studios established by Alexander Bassano.The society photographer who had taken the portrait of Lord Kitchener for the World War One recruitment poster, Your Country Needs You, had retired, however, by the time the ballet portraits were taken (1910-1920) his studio had been relaunched as Bassano Ltd, Royal Photographers, at 25 Old Bond Street, London. In an exhibition, Ballet in Focus, the National Portrait Gallery in London is exhibiting Bassano portraits along with some from a newly acquired portfolio from 1913 by E.O.Hoppé.
On the left, a photo of Adeline Genee taken in 1916. More photos in Gallery/Vintage. All images are courtesy National Portrait Gallery, London.
The exhibition continues until July 24, 2011.

2 Comments

  1. Alison Debnam
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    I recently found a “Negative by Bassano Studios” It is a portrait of Robert Browning. It looks like Robert Browning’s signature (beneath the portrait) is part of the negative, Would you have any idea of the value?
    Thanks,
    Alison
    alivorg@yahoo.com

  2. valerie
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    HI Alison, not sure of the value but try contacting the National Portrait Gallery in London

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Adeline Genee 1916 © National Portrait Gallery

Adeline Genee 1916 © National Portrait Gallery

Ninette de Valois, 1920, Bassano Studios, National Portrait Gallery, London

Ninette de Valois, 1920, Bassano Studios, National Portrait Gallery, London

Phyllis Bedells 1916, Bassano Studios, National Portrait Gallery, London

Phyllis Bedells 1916, Bassano Studios, National Portrait Gallery, London

Lydia Kyasht

Lydia_Kyasht, 1912, by Bassano, National Portrait Gallery