Antarctica to China

In February 2010, I embarked on an exciting journey to Antarctica, following in the footsteps of my father, Robert Ryder VC, who, in the 1930s, had commanded the schooner, research yacht Penola, on the British Graham Land Expedition. He found time to paint many watercolours. Nearly 80 years later, travelling on a Russian survey ship and getting as far south as my father’s southern base, I painted both in oils and watercolours many of the scenes my father had previously painted.

This exhibition also showed the photographs of watercolours by my father and his brother Lisle. In May 2010, I went travelling again, this time to China, retracing the 1898/99 surveying expeditions of my grandfather, Charles Ryder, later to become Surveyor General of India. I painted in Yunnan Province around Guilin and in the garden city of Suzhou.

Sue painting in Antartica