Doris Claire Zinkeisen
Doris Zinkeisen was born in Rosneath, Argyll, Scotland. Her parents were Welsh-born Clare Bolton-Charles and Victor Zinkeisen, a timber merchant and amateur artist from Glasgow. Her father's family were originally from Bohemia and had been settled in Scotland for two hundred years. She had a younger sister, Anna Zinkeisen who also became an artist.The family left Scotland and moved to Pinner, near Harrow in 1909.Zinkeisen shared a studio in London with her sister during the 1920s and 30's from where she embarked on her career as a painter, commercial artist and theatrical designer. Zinkeisen's realist style made her popular as a portraitist and she became a well-known society painter.The subject matter of her paintings, society portraiture, equestrian portraiture and scenes from the parks of London and Paris reflect the lifestyle of the upper class at the time.
She also worked widely in other media as an illustrator and commercial artist including producing advertising posters for several British railway companies, the London Underground and murals for the RMS Queen Mary.
Zinkeisen exhibited at the Royal Academy (1929) and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London and in Paris and the United States. She received Bronze (1929), Silver (1930) and Gold (1934) Paris Salon medals for her work. By 1929 she had been elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI).