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Doris Zinkeisen

(1897-1991), Painter, stage-set and costume designer, writer and equestrian champion

Doris Clare Zinkeisen

Sitter in 22 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
With her sister Anna, Doris Zinkeisen was a familiar figure in the artistic world from the 1920s. Her realist style led to success as a painter of society portraits, horse paintings, and murals for RMS Queen Mary (1935) and RMS Queen Elizabeth (1940). She also produced posters for several railway companies. She is best known, however, for the numerous stage designs that she produced during the 1920s and 1930s. During the Second World War, she worked for the St John Ambulance Brigade, and as a war artist made drawings of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after its liberation, which are held in the Imperial War Museum.

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Elsa Lanchester, by Doris Zinkeisen - NPG 6488

Elsa Lanchester

by Doris Zinkeisen
oil on canvas, exhibited 1925
NPG 6488

Doris Zinkeisen, by Doris Zinkeisen - NPG 6487

Doris Zinkeisen

by Doris Zinkeisen
oil on canvas, exhibited 1929
On display in Room 29 on Floor 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6487

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Philip Kelleway

07 March 2017, 09:43

Please note that Doris Zinkeisen was in fact born in the year 1897, NOT 1898 as in your information on the NPG site. I have previously sent copies of Doris Zinkeisen's birth certificate to the NPG and received acknowledgement from Rosie Broadley (Associate Curator), so these items should be on file at the NPG Library. Other sites use the wrong year of birth too and for a few years your site used the correct year, but it seems that each time you change the layout of your pages, you revert back to the incorrect date.
Best Wishes,
Philip Kelleway (Dr)

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