Family life at this time featured camping holidays in Cornwall, using an old bell tent. Sadly his wife Barbara was taken ill with bronchial asthma whilst on such a holiday in Mullion in 1954, and this illness dominated her life until her death in 1967.
Never the less there were high spots. Sandy recognised as a serious painter, having exhibited at the Royal Academy since the early 30's, and was made Associate in 1953, eventually becoming a Royal Academician in 1961. He also won a Gold Medal at the Paris Salon in the mid 50's. The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy was an important highlight of his year when all his family gathered.This is a painting by Bernard Dunstan of an RA Dinner, Sandy is on the left and to the right Mr Fiton is smoking a cigar.I purchased this in Feb 2005 at a Sotherby's auction. A press clipping from The Express, www.wakefieldtoday.co.uk
Sandy also became a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters(his portrait of David Maxwell Fyfe, first Earl of Kilmuir, sits in Balliol College) As an Associate Academician, he was commissioned to paint Dr W N Pickles, first President to the college of General Practitioners.David Patrick Maxwell Fyfe, 1 st Earl of Kilmuir (1900-1967)By Christopher Canvania Sanders RA. Oil on canvas, 40x32, c1956[Francis] Raymond Evershed, 1 st Baron Evershed of Stapenhill (1899-1966), curtsey of http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/Studio portrait of Sandy aged about 30 circa 1935/6www.royalacademy.org.uk