A painter and teacher, Christopher Sanders was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, where he attended the School of Art 1922-4, then Leeds School of Art, 1924-6, and the Royal College of Art, 1926-9. It was here that he met his future wife, Barbara. Christopher Sanders was for some years Head of Painting at Harrow School of Art. His landscapes were often detailed studies of grasses foliage and flowers. He exhibited regularly at the RA from the early 1930s, becoming RA in 1961. Six years earlier he won a gold medal at the Paris Salon. He was also a member of the RP. Sanders, known as Sandy, was a bluff character, keen on sport, who lived for some years in Slough Buckinghamshire.