Susan Ryder RP NEAC

The Royal Automobile Club

Her Majesty The Queen

154 x 102 cm (61 x 40 ins)

Oil on canvas


Susan Ryder, born 1944, was encouraged by her father Robert Ryder VC, a talented amateur painter, to paint in oils from a young age. She went on to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art where she was taught by many Royal Academicians . Her foremost influence being Bernard Dunstan RA who introduced her to the works of Eduard Vuillard, her greatest inspiration.

She first exhibited in the Royal Academy while an 18 year old Student.

Having won many prizes at the Mall Galleries she was elected a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, serving the latter as Vice President from 2002 to 2008.

Susan Ryder on painting H.M The Queen:

‘I painted Her Majesty over four sittings in the magnificent Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The Queen kind- ly often extending her sitting time. I was also able to paint on after the sittings had ended for as long as I liked. Not taking photographs this was very important for me as I work from what I see and from memory.’

Susan Ryder RP NEAC The Royal Automobile Club

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022.

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