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Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)   BIOGRAPHY

Lady Limerick’s Free Buffet for Soldiers and Sailors, circa 1918
Framed (ref: 2585)

Signed and inscribed ‘4 4 0’ on the reverse

Watercolour on card, 10 5/8 x 14 1/2 in. (27 × 37 cm.)


Provenance: King Street Galleries, 14 June 1984; MichaelWhitehall.

This picture depicts Lady Limerick’s Free Buffet at London Bridge Station, with the flags of the allies suspended overhead.

It was Lady Limerick who had the brilliant idea of planning a Free Refreshment Buffet for travelling soldiers and sailors at London’s Bridge Station, and helped to start the Buffet with funds raised on Shamrock Day. Here the travelling soldier or sailor can get a free meal at any hour between 8 a.m. and 10 p. m. – hot tea, coffee, or cocoa, sandwiches, cake, and cigarettes, and for those who are going to the Front letter paper and pencils are provided. An average of 1200 men or more are thus fed per day.The authorities are immensely pleased with this scheme, as the men are kept away from the public-house, and the men also greatly appreciate the interest shown in them by the thirty or forty lady workers (Lady Randolph [Jennie Jerome] Churchill (ed.),Women’sWarWork, C. Arthur Pearson, London, 1916).

Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976)

Portrait, figure, landscape and mural painter, born in Kilereggan, Dunbartonshire. Her sister was the artist Doris Zinkeisen. Studied at Royal Academy Schools, where she won several medals. She went on to exhibit widely, including at the RA, RBA, RHA, ROI, SWA, RSA, Redfern Gallery and abroad. She completed murals on the liner Queen Mary. Zinkeisen's pictures are forthrightly realistic. She was a fine portrait painter, as evidenced by her self-portrait in the National Portrait Gallery. The Imperial War Museum, City Art Gallery in Bradford, Nottingham City Museum and Art Gallery and collections abroad hold her work.

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