Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898 –1991) Scottish Painter
The Scottish painter and theatrical stage and costume designer, commercial artist, Doris Clare Zinkeisen was better known for her work in theatrical design.
Doris Zinkeisen and her younger sister, Anna Zinkeisen, both attended the Harrow School of Art and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in 1917. They shared a studio in London during the 1920s.
Doris Zinkeisen was very popular society painter, her paintings depicted the lifestyle of the upper class at the time. Her sister Anna became a prominent artist also.
Both sisters contributed murals to the RMS Queen Mary in 1936 and to the RMS Queen Elizabeth in 1940.
Doris joined the St John Ambulance Brigade and worked as a nurse in London during WWII.
In 1945, she was commissioned as a war artist and her work included three days at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.
In 1927, Doris Zinkeisen married Grahame Johnstone, a naval officer and had twin daughters Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone the following year, who later became the children's book illustrators, and a son, Murray Johnstone.
Some artworks of her sister Anna Katrina Zinkeisen (1901-1976)