Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

David Tindle (b. 1932)   BIOGRAPHY

Thames View from London Bridge
Framed (ref: 168)
Signed and dated
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm.)


Provenance: Andrew McIntosh Patrick, acquired directly from the artist
Laporte Corporate Art Collection, L48.98

This view from London Bridge is a remarkable record of the evolving post-war London sky line. Painted from London Bridge before its demolition in 1968 and re- erection in Arizona, this panorama shows on the left: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's Bankside Power Station under construction (completed in 1960 - now Tate Modern). Also visible are the cranes serving the Port of London, later relocated further downstream: the same cranes which in 1965 were to dip in a moving salute to the funeral cortège of Sir Winston Churchill. Also discernible is Cannon Street Station and railway bridge. On the right is St. Paul's Cathedral and the Post Office Tower in the course of construction. At 620 ft it dominated the London sky line from every angle. This skyline was soon to change irrevocably with the construction in the 1960's of high rise office and tower blocks.

We are grateful to Michael Barker for his assistance in the cataloguing of this painting.

David Tindle (b. 1932)

Painter, notably in egg tempera, printmaker and teacher, born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. He studied at Coventry School of Art, 1945-46 and later at the Royal College of Art where his teachers included John Minton, Carel Weight and Ruskin Spear. From the early 1950s he was featured in the RA Summer Exhibition shows and had regular solo exhibitions at Piccadilly Gallery. By 1957 he had a retrospective at Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery. Tindle then began to build up an impressive British and continental exhibitions record, including appearances in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool, in 1959 and 1961; a retrospective in Northampton's Central Museum and Art Gallery in 1972; and appearances in such shows as British Painting '74 at Hayward Gallery and British Painting 1952-77 at the RA. Two years later he was elected RA. From 1985 Tindle showed with Fischer Fine Art and in 1996 he showed new paintings and prints with the Redfern Gallery. He taught at Hornsey College of Art, 1959-74, and at the Royal College of Art, 1972-83. Tindle was also for a time Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford University and held a professorial fellowship at St Edmund's Hall. The Tate Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and many other public collections hold his work.

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