Doris Zinkeisen (1898-1991)
Doris Zinkeisen won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools
in 1917, where she quickly earned critical acclaim. Shrugging
off the outcry surrounding the inclusion of women students in
the 1921 RA Summer Exhibition, she embarked on a prestigious
career and received many notable commissions, such as stage
design work for Charles B. Cochran in the 1930s and murals for
the RMS Queen Mary.
She also exhibited in the US, Paris and London, including
at the ROI – to which she was elected in 1928. In 1938, she
published Designing for the Stage.
During WWII, Zinkeisen was employed by the British Red
Cross to record their activities in Europe. Her harrowing painting
Human Laundry, Belsen: April 1945 – a lasting testament to
the horrors of WW2 – stands in stark contract to the vibrant
compositions she produced both before and after the war.