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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd March 1934 Born today: Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)

23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)

23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)

23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.

23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating

23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London

23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.

The Pavlova Statue



The Pavlova Statue

The Anna Pavlova statue returns after being lost 60 years ago.

Location: Victoria Palace, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA

Description: Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who died in 1931, appeared on stage at the newly opened Victoria Palace in 1911 and the theatres original owner, Alfred Butt, erected a statue in homage to her on the roof.

Anna Pavlova would never look at the original when she passed by, as she was quite superstitious about it.

However, it was removed in 1939 to save it from the blitz, and promptly disappeared.

In June 2006, a replica statue created by Harry Franchetti was winched aloft, restoring Pavlova to her rightful place.

The statue, which sees Pavlova in a classical tutu in the arabesque position, was designed from studies of a photograph of the original statue. What happened to the original, however, remains a mystery. We assume either she was melted down and became part of the war effort or shes still in somebodys garden, said Waley-Cohen.

The ballerina was born in St Petersburg in 1881 and attended the Imperial Ballet School at the Mariinsky theatre, where her tutor was Marius Petipa. After becoming the Mariinskys principal ballerina she toured the world, setting up home in London where she established a dance school at Ivy House. Renowned throughout the world, Pavlovas name also became known in the culinary world after an antipodean chef created a meringue pudding to celebrate a visit by the dancer. The exact origin of the dessert is disputed however, with both Australia and New Zealand claiming credit.


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The Pavlova Statue

The Anna Pavlova statue returns after being lost 60 years ago.


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OMG! I am doing a report on her and theres so much, i cant believe she has a statue. (vampirelover)
Posted by vampirelover on 2009-10-27
I have a plaster of paris statue of Pavalova, standing about 36-46cm high I have never seen any like it, she is in a longer dress not tu tu. I live in Australia it is very sentimental to me. Do you know anything about this statue please? (Shilo)
Posted by Shilo on 2006-11-18
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