|Anton Dolin was the stage name of Sydney Francis Patrick Healey-Kay. A British ballet dancer and choreographer, Dolin was born at Slinfold in Sussex. He joined Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1921, and was a principal there from 1924. In the early 1930’s, he was principal dancer with the Vic-Wells Ballet, where he danced with Alicia Markova, with whom he went on to found the Markova-Dolin Ballet (1935-1938) and the London Festival Ballet in 1950 (now the English National Ballet). He was also a guest soloist with the American Ballet Theatre (1940-1946).
Dolin wrote several books, including the autobiography Ballet Go Round (1938) and Alicia Markova: Her Life and Art (1953). He was knighted in 1981.
Sir Anton Dolin died in Paris on 25 November 1983.
An unmounted gelatin silver print with a glossy finish, the photograph measures 9.4” by 7.5” (239 mm by 191 mm). Anton Dolin has signed the photograph in dark blue ink across the upper left-hand corner. An inked inscription in a period hand on the reverse of the print reads In “Ballerina” and gives the date, 2 October 1933.
condition: The print shows three small indentations in the darker area of the background. These can be felt rather than seen, but become more visible in a raking light.
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