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Doris Zinkeisen

Full name: Doris Clare Zinkeisen (-Johnstone)
Gender: Female
Born: July 31, 1898 in Kilcreggan, Argyll and Bute, Great Britain
Died: January 3, 1991 in Badingham, Suffolk, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Art Competitions

Related Olympians: Sister of Anna Zinkeisen.

Biography

Scottish sisters Doris and [Anna Zinkeisen] were both artists. Doris a theatrical costume and set designer, painter, commercial artist and writer, while Anna was a painter and muralist. Both sisters painted murals for the passenger liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, and both were official war artists during World War II. At age 16, Doris painted Anna’s portrait which hung in the Royal Academy Exhibition in 1918. Doris was a gold, silver and bronze medal winner at the Paris Salon. She was also an excellent show jumper and competed at many major shows, winning the Supreme Hack Championship at the International Horse of the Year show at Olympia in 1934.

Doris’ work included three days at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, shortly after liberation. The memories of Bergen-Belsen affected her and gave her nightmares for the rest of her life. Both sisters also worked as auxiliary nurses during the war. During World War II she was the official War artist for the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. For her services during the War she was made a Serving Sister of the Order of St. John in 1945 and that same year she designed the Royal Air Force Christmas card. During the war she designed costumes for Old Vic productions Richard III and Arms and the Man starring Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier and Margaret Rutherford.

Doris was a very popular society painter, her paintings depicting the lifestyle of the upper class. She trained at the Royal Academy Schools, and exhibited her work in London, Paris and the United States. In addition to painting Doris had a very successful career as a costume and set designer for the theatre and the newly emerging British film industry. She thus became acquainted with some of the great personalities of the inter-war years. She also produced a range of commercial art, including posters for London Transport in 1939.

In the 1920s Doris Zinkeisen dated and was reportedly engaged to the film director James Whale, known for horror films such as Frankenstein, as well as for his homosexuality. She eventually married naval officer Edward Grahame Johnstone in 1927 and had twin daughters and a son.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 49 London Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Great Britain GBR AC
1948 Summer 49 London Art Competitions Mixed Painting, Unknown Event Great Britain GBR AC

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1948 Summer 49 London Art Competitions Great Britain Final Standings AC A Lady's Mount
1948 Summer 49 London Art Competitions Great Britain Final Standings AC Regency Racing
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