Anna Zinkeisen (1901 - 1976)

A Hooded Falcon, circa 1955


SKU: 9873


Oil on board 


Height – 45.5cm x Width – 38cm

1 in stock


The Refectory Club, Mayfair

Literature: Philip Kelleway, Highly Desirable: The Zinkeisen Sisters and Their Legacy, Leiston, 2016 (First edition 2008), p. 108 .Josephine Walpole, Anna: A Memorial Tribute to Anna Zinkeisen, London, 1978, p. 18.

This painting was commissioned to accompany murals for the Refectory Club off Mayfair’s Park Lane where Zinkeisen produced a series of murals in the mid 1950s, on a mediaeval theme to tie in with the 14th century vaulted premises.

Publicity about the opening of the club and the murals appeared in the Sunday Mail, 8th May 1955 entitled ‘Scot sets Mayfair Talking’, which includes a  publicity photograph of Zinkeisen together with the Hollywood actress Elizabeth Allen [famous for 1930s film Mark of the Vampire],  standing beside one of the larger murals. 

We are grateful to Philip Kelleway for assistance.

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Anna Zinkeisen
1901 - 1976

Anna Zinkeisen studied drawing and anatomy before winning
a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in 1916 to study
sculpture ‘ exhibiting at the RA in 1919 and winning the
Landseer Award in 1920 and 1921. 

On leaving the RA, she worked with her sister Doris on
murals for the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth liners and
produced notable portraits. She also provided illustrations for
several books, including Sophy Cassmajor by Margery Sharp,
published in 1934. 

While volunteering as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital during
the Second World War, Zinkeisen made pathological drawings of
war injuries for the Royal College of Surgeons. She was awarded
RDI in 1940. In her self-portrait of 1944 (held in the NPG),
clutching a bundle of paint brushes and wearing the bracelet of
the St John’s Ambulance Brigade, for which she was volunteering,
her gaze leaves the viewer in no doubt as to her professional status.