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Anna Pavlova Art Print by Thé

Anna Pavlova and her pet swan Jack, 1905. Gaaasp, you can totally have swans as pets, gaaasp, oh, how I wish that was me right now.

Anna Pavlova with her pet swan Jack at Ivy House. Who knew swans could be relaxed enough to handle and pose for pictures!

Anna Pavlova and Jack. The compassionate friend can be identified by four things: by not rejoicing in your misfortune, delighting in your good fortune, preventing others from speaking ill of you, and encouraging others who praise your good qualities.

Anna Pavlova vintage ballet ballerina photo by ilyaballet, via Flickr My ballet heroine.

Anna Pavlova. She introduced the first thoroughbred English bulldogs to Russia and was often photographed with them.

Mathilde Kschessinska. She would begin her notorious love life with Nicholas II before moving on the Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duke Andrei. Eventually, after the revolution Grand Duke Andrei married her in 1921.

Portrait of Anna Pavlova with her Boston Terrier Poupee by Madame d’Ora, 1920s.

I read somewhere that in the victorian era, it was a popular trend to take your lady friend to a cemetary for a "date" (nothing immoral, as far as I know). Before reading that I always thought it would be a lovely date, so this just kind of confirmed it for me.