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Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)

Biography of the painter Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)

Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976) studied at Harrow School of Art with her sister Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991). Anna Zinkeisen and Doris Clare Zinkeisen both won scholarships to the Royal Academy Schools in 1917.

They shared a studio in London and during the 1920s and 1930s embarked on a wide variety of artistic projects including costume design, poster and advertising design, mural and traditional painting.

They each won medals at The Paris Salon.

Their lifestyle was reflected in their art; a mixture of society portraiture, animal portraiture including horses and riders and genre scenes set in the parks of London and Paris showing women in their beautiful gowns taking tea, walking their dogs and riding their horses.

In 1941, the sisters were recruited as official war artists working for the British Red Cross and The Order of St John. They both worked as auxiliary nurses in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

Anna Zinkeisen's work and detail studies of injured and diseased patients is valued to this day by the medical profession.

There are examples of the sisters' work in The Imperial War Museum.

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