by Anna Zinkeisen
oil on canvas, circa 1944
29 5/8 in. x 24 5/8 in. (752 mm x 625 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Anna Katrina Zinkeisen (1901-1976), Painter. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Anna Katrina Zinkeisen (1901-1976), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 227
- Rideal, Liz, Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, 2001 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 September 2001 to 20 January 2002), p. 85
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 685
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 213
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (possibly a disused operating theatre, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1944back to top
Current affairsLondon is hit by the V1 Flying Bomb. This weapon, developed by the German Luftwaffe and colloquially known as the 'Buzz Bomb', or 'Doodlebug', was the first guided missile and was used for attacks on targets in England and Belgium.
Art and scienceLaurence Olivier's epic film version of Henry V is released. Olivier directed and starred in the film, which was partly funded by the British government in recognition of its morale-boosting patriotic appeal. The cast included service men as Henry's army.
InternationalFrance is liberated from German-occupation following the Battle for Normandy. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of occupied-France led by Field Marshall Montgomery, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million soldiers crossing the channel from England to France. Troops landed on the 6th June (D-Day), and Paris was liberated in late August.
See this portrait
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery