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Finding Aid for the Gordon Anthony Ballet and Theatrical Photograph Albums, 1935-1946
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gordon Anthony Ballet and Theatrical Photograph Albums,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1946
    Collection number: 884
    Creator: Anthony, Gordon
    Extent: 8 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Gordon Anthony was born James Gordon Dawson Stannus (1902-1989) in Wicklow, Ireland. His photographs during the ballet revival in England in the 1930s helped the Royal Ballet obtain international prominence. His books include Margot Fonteyn (1950), Alicia Markova (1951) and A Camera at the Ballet: Pioneer Dancers of the Royal Ballet (1975). The collection consists of 8 large albums of photographs and clippings of British ballet and stage by Gordon Anthony as well as 400 original photographic prints.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gordon Anthony Ballet and Theatrical Photograph Albums (Collection 884). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462205 

    Biography

    Born James Gordon Dawson Stannus, December 23, 1902 in Wicklow, Ireland; better known as Gordon Anthony, a theatrical photographer whose work revolved primarily around dance; his sister, Ninette de Valois, danced for Diaghilev and directed the Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden Ballets; his photographs during the ballet revival in England in the 1930s helped the Royal Ballet obtain international prominence; began his career in 1926, photographing students at his sister's ballet school in London; appointed official portrait photographer of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, 1933; books include Margot Fonteyn (1950), Alicia Markova (1951), and A Camera at the Ballet: Pioneer Dancers of the Royal Ballet (1975); his 1948 publication, Studies of Dancers, was the first book of color photography in Great Britain; died July 21, 1989.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of 8 large albums of photographs and clippings of British ballet and stage photographer Gordon Anthony. 400 original photographic prints include images of Alicia Markova, Margo Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann, Terence Rattigan, Mrs. Sacheverell Sitwell, and John Gielgud. Collection also includes letters of appreciation from Gielgud and others.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Original photographic prints of dancers (Boxes 1-2).
    2. Original photographic prints of dancers and actors (Box 3).
    3. Reproductions of photographs from the press depicting ballets and plays (Boxes 4-8).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Anthony, Gordon--Archives.
    Photographers--England--Archival resources.
    Ballet dancers--Photographs.
    Actors--Photographs.
    Photograph albums.