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Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991)

Biography of the painter Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991)

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

Doris Clare Zinkeisen and Anna Zinkeisen 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.

It was Doris though who rose to major prominence for her costume design, working on films and theatre production with Noel Coward.

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.

In the 1940s, Doris Zinkeisen was touring war torn Europe and in 1945 she arrived at Belsen immediately after its liberation. Doris Zinkeisen wrote later "the shock of Belsen was never to be forgotten".

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

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Lot FS25/324

Lot FS25/324: Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A Folio of Twenty Two Costume Designs

Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A folio of twenty two costume designs - including 'Drury Lane. 12 Boys, Act 1, Scene 1', signed and inscribed, 57 x 38cm, and Girl with Black Lace Bonnet and Parasol, 39 x 38cm, watercolours over pencil drawing overall three signed, most inscribed.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £800

Lot FS25/326

Lot FS25/326: Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A Folio of Thirty Costume Designs

Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A folio of thirty costume designs - including French Prince, Princess and the Hip Merchant all inscribed, each 38 x 28cm, watercolours over pencil drawing many others inscribed.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £1,050

Lot FS25/327

Lot FS25/327: Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A Folio of Thirty Nine Costume Designs

Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A folio of thirty nine costume designs - many inscribed watercolours over pencil drawing each 38 x 28cm approximately.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £1,550

Lot FS25/325

Lot FS25/325: Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A Folio of Forty Three Costume Designs

Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A folio of forty three costume designs - including Prince of Morocco, signed and inscribed 38 x 28cm, and Lady Wishfart, 38 x 28cm, watercolours over pencil drawing overall three signed, some inscribed.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £1,250

Lot FS25/328

Lot FS25/328: Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A Folio of Forty Costume Designs, and A Group of Set Designs

Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - A folio of forty costume designs, and a group of set designs - many inscribed watercolours over pencil drawing each 38 x 28cm approximately.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £240

Lot FS25/323

Lot FS25/323: Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - Dancer Wearing Black Stockings and Long Green Gloves

Doris Clare Zinkeisen.[1898-1991] - Dancer wearing black stockings and long green gloves - watercolour over pencil drawing, on card 75 x 53cm, unframed, together with one other watercolour drawing Dove; a costume design signed and inscribed 58 x 39cm (2).

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £190

Lot FS21/375

Lot FS21/375: Doris Clare Zinkeisen[1898-1991] - Return Through the Park

Doris Clare Zinkeisen[1898-1991] - Return through the park - oil on canvas 49.5 x 595cm.

Estimate: £800 - £1,200
Realised: £700