ZINKEISEN, Anna Katrina

1901 - 1976

Anna Zinkeisen

Anna Katrina Zinkeisen, was born at Kilcreggan, Dumbartonshire on 29 August 1901, daughter of Victor Zinkeisen (5 July 1863-30 October 1929), a merchant, and his wife Clara Bolton-Charles (7 September 1869-1952), eldest daughter of David R Charles of Hoylake, Cheshire, who married at West Kirby Parish Church on 15 July 1896. Anna and her sister Doris Clare Zinkeisen, were educated by private tutors and then attended Harrow School of Art before they both won scholarships to the Royal Academy Schools where she studied sculpture 1916-1921, winning several medals, studying under Charles Sims (1873-1928), George Clausen and Glyn Philpot. Anna received a commission for some plaques from the Wedgwood company and, although her designs were awarded a silver medal at the Exposition des Art Decoratifs in Paris in 1925, she decided to specialise in portrait painting and mural work. In 1935, Anna and her sister Doris, were commissioned by John Brown and Company, shipbuilders of Clydebank, to paint the murals in the Verandah Grill of the famous ocean liner the RMS Queen Mary. Their work can still be seen on the ship, now permanently moored in Long Beach, California and Anna also painted murals for the liner Queen Elizabeth. In 1941, during World War II, the Zinkeisen sisters were both employed as war artists for the North-West Europe Commission of the Joint War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John, at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where they and made pathological drawings of war injuries for the Royal College of Surgeons. Portrait, figure, landscape and mural painter, artist and book illustrator she exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy 1921-1964; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Hibernian Academy; Royal Institute of Oil Painters; Society of Women Artists; Royal Scottish Academy; Redfern Gallery and in the provinces and abroad. Her painting of plastic surgeon Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe is exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (London) as is her self-portrait. She married at Marylebone, London on 25 July 1928, Guy Robert Nelson Heseltine (1897-1967) and they lived at Looms Cottage, Burgh, Woodbridge in Suffolk. Anna Katrina Heseltine was of Looms Cottage, Burgh, when she died at Kensington, London on 23 September 1976. She signed her works 'A. K. Zinkeisen'. Kelleway, Philip - 'Highly Desirable: The Zinkeisen Sisters and Their Legacy'. Leiston Press (2008).

Royal Academy Exhibits
from The Elms, Oakhill Avenue, Pinner
1921 304 Ivan
         627 The Golden Age
from Studio, 10 Yeoman's Row, Brompton Road, Southwest London
1922 484 'I saw where the sun's hand pointed'
1923 459 A.K.Z.
         505 Madonna
         531 Doris
from 8 St Andrew's Place, Regent's Park, London, NW 1
1924 671 Babette Hélène
1925 495 A.K.Z. 1925
1926 103 Niphetos
1927 709 Snow
1929 32 Olga Eiliena
         418 Janet and Anne Johnstone
1930 623 Ann and Jan in Regent's Park
1931 498 Miss Ursula Jeans
         668 Mrs Ralph St. Hill
         732 Girl's Head, 1931
1933 576 Ukraina
1936 300 Rocking Down the River
         490 '1936'
1938 483 Spring
         582 The White Cliffs of Dover
         717 The Dark Lady
1939 646 Brighton in the Regency
1940 410 Royal Vauxhall
from Earlywood Edge, Ascot, Berks
1941 207 St Mary's First Aid Post by Candlelight
from St Mary's Hospital, Paddington
1943 245 Spring Flowers
from 14 Alexander Place, London NW 7
1956 265 Marshal of the Royal Air Force, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
1958 336 The Baby
488 Baby’s Head
1959 325 Mrs Somerset de Chair
         360 Night Duty
1962 254 Julia Heseltine
1964 399 ‘Defend O Lord, This thy Child’

Works by This Artist