JOHNSTONE, Anne Grahame

1928 - 1998

Anne Johnstone

Anne Grahame Johnstone was born at Marylebone, London on 1 June 1928, twin daughter of Edward Grahame Johnstone (5 May 1899-19 April 1946) and his wife Doris Clare née Zinkeisen, who married at Marylebone, London in 1927. Her mother was an artist, as was Anne's twin sister Janet Grahame Johnstone. In 1939, Anne was living at Matts House, Brixworth, Northamptonshire with the Zinkeisen's and she attended the Heathfield School in Ascot, Berkshire during World War II, her artistic bent nurtured both at home and at school and, after the war. she attended St Martin's School of Art in London, where she studied period clothing styles and the sisters held their first exhibition at the Gallery at Foyles, London in 1950. The sisters collaborated in illustrating several books, including Children's Classics 'The Bible', and popular books such as 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians'. Her other projects included working for the BBC on 'Andy Pandy' and on the aborted theme park 'Anderson's World' in Denmark, before moving to Suffolk in 1966. Following the death of her sister Janet in 1979, she took over her animal drawing, which had been Janet's forte, and worked on her own account in the 1980s. Anne produced many fine illustrations, particularly notable books that she illustrated were editions of 'Peter Pan' and 'The Water Babies', published by Award Publications. Anne became an expert in 19th-century military uniforms and often worked as a heraldic artist through the College of Arms and in 1998 was elected to the Society of Equestrian Artists. Anne Grahame Johnstone died of liver cancer at her home in Badingham, Suffolk on 25 May 1998 and had continued to work until two days before her death, like her sister she was unmarried.

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