Do you know about the inspiring story of Anna Zinkeisen and the ceiling of the Morning Room at the Russell-Cotes? Portions of the original ceiling came down as early as 1928. However, the blast wave from a German parachute mine on 7 October 1941 finished it off and brought the entire ceiling down. A competition was held in 1948 to design a replacement and Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976) was commissioned to create a scene from ancient Greek mythology depicting gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus.
Zinkeisen was an official war artist and was also well known for her murals on R.M.S. Queen Mary and for her poster designs for London Transport. It’s an incredible story and it’s especially incredible to think that her work has been a part of the museum for over 70 years.
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