Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)
|Artist Name||Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)|
|Title||Portrait of Alice Elizabeth Robinson|
|Description||This lovely portrait oil painting is by prolific exhibitor Scottish female artist Anna Zinkeisen. Painted circa 1950 the sitter is Alice Elizabeth Robinson. The original portrait of Alice Robinson (Kentucky Colonel) who served in the American Red Cross during the war, was featured on the front cover of Woman's Journal February 1950. Alice's mother was so distressed that the she had to part with the original painting that she requested Anna painted another copy of this painting which is offered for sale here.
Alice Robinson, 24, was a dancing teacher at a Sevenoaks Kent girls school and one of America's Kentucky Colonels. Miss Robinson, daughter of a British Army officer, was born in Kentucky and was given her title for her war work in the American Red Cross. In December 1947 she was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Simeon S Willis of Kentucky and the award of this commission by the governor is a traditional Kentucky custom. She is the daughter of Captain Norman Vaughan Robinson, MC and Mrs Robinson of Milford Haven and during the war served in the American Red cross in Great Britain.
|Provenance||Letters of provenance from Zinkeisen, and two copies of Woman's Journal magazine, various letters and newspaper clippings.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 30 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary ornate frame 38 inches by 32 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Portrait painter and muralist, Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976) won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools from Harrow School of Art, and in 1920 and 1921 she won the Landseer Award. She later worked for Wedgwood as a ceramics designer. With her sister Doris, Anna contributed murals to the passenger liners the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth. She later specialised in pathological and clinical drawing and during the Second World War she worked in the mornings in the casualty ward at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, and painted in a disused operating theatre in the afternoons. In 1941, during World War II, Zinkeisen and her sister Doris Zinkeisen were both employed as war artists for the North West Europe Commission of the Joint War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John. She worked both as painter and as a book illustrator. Her self-portrait and her painting of plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe are both exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (London). She exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy between 1921 - 1964 and the Royal Scottish Academy between 1927 - 1944.|