Anna Zinkeisen

1 portrait of Anna Zinkeisen

Anna Zinkeisen, by Anna Katrina Zinkeisen, circa 1944 - NPG 5884 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anna Zinkeisen

by Anna Katrina Zinkeisen
oil on canvas, circa 1944
29 5/8 in. x 24 5/8 in. (752 mm x 625 mm)
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG 5884

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In this self-portrait, Anna Zinkeisen looks out at the viewer with a confident gaze and positions herself in the world as artist, woman and worker. The lighting and colouring directs us to her painting arm. The bracelet around her wrist bears the insignia of the St John's Ambulance Brigade for which she was volunteering as a casualty nurse. This self-portrait may have been made in a disused operating theatre at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where she worked during the Second World War.

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