DUVAL, Dorothy Zinaida

1917 - 2005

As Dorothy Zinaida Hecht, she was born at Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon on 26 September 1917, daughter of Frederick William Hecht (1858-1932), Member of the London Stock Exchange, and his wife Edith née Charlton, who married at Lambeth, London in 1912, the family later took the name of Duval. Educated at Bedford Park High School and studied privately under Anthony Devas (1911-1958) and, as a mature student, attended Slade School of Fine Art 1949-1955. Dorothy was a teacher at Felixstowe College, a girls' public school in Suffolk also teaching in other adult classes. A member and exhibitor at the United Society of Artists and was also a fellow of the British Academy and a lay member at the Royal Society of Miniature Artists. She exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Institute of Oil Painters; Royal Society of Portrait Painters and at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and had solo shows at Saffron Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex 1973; Broadstairs Library Gallery 1978 and Library Gallery, Margate in 1979. Dorothy gained a silver medal at Paris Salon in 1959 and an Accademia Italia gold medal in 1980 and the Grenadier Guards Library holds her portrait of Victoria Cross holder, Harry Nichols. In 1939, she was a confectionary shop assistant, living at 31 Blandford Road, Acton, London with her older sister Edith Iris Hecht [Vogel] (born 26 October 1914). Dorothy latterly lived at 166 Percy Avenue, Kingsgate, Broadstairs, Kent where she died in 2005.

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