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Photograph of the Month - January 2014

Past display archive
2 January - 31 January 2014

Room 31

Free

Anna Zinkeisen
by Madame Yevonde
January 1936
NPG P1839

Portrait painter and muralist. Anna Zinkeisen won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools from Harrow School of Art, and in 1920 and 1921 won the Landseer Award. She later worked for Wedgwood as a ceramics designer. Zinkeisen is shown here working on panels for the ballroom of the RMS Queen Mary, and her sister Doris also contributed murals to the passenger liner. Anna later specialised in pathological and clinical drawing, while working as a volunteer at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington during the Second World War. One of her last collaborations with Doris was the ceiling painting of the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth, completed in 1949.

The display of this portrait celebrates the 100th anniversary of the opening of Madame Yevonde’s first photographic studio in January 1914 at 92 Victoria Street, London; and the important acquisition of two of her Vivex colour studies of Anna and Doris Zinkeisen. Both studies were reproduced in a special portfolio documenting the RMS Queen Mary which was published in Fortune magazine in June 1936.

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