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According to the saleroom’s picture specialist Jonathan Riley, Tindle has enjoyed a late flourish in his paintings even though, after a distinguished career, he has now become somewhat overlooked compared to some of his contemporaries.

Working from his house in Italy, Tindle has given 15 of his recent paintings to a good friend who has consigned them to the Folkestone auction.

They are all modestly-sized and will be offered separately with individual estimates ranging from £200 up to £600. Riley told ATG that he felt these works represented great value for “such a distinguished British painter” who he feels has become “underappreciated”.

The artist himself was born in Huddersfield and trained at Coventry School of Art as well as Byam Shaw School of Art. He was later appointed visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and also became Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford University 1985 to1987.

Tindle’s first solo exhibition was at the Piccadilly Gallery in 1954 and was followed by numerous exhibitions in the UK and Europe, including at the 57 Gallery in Edinburgh and the Redfern Gallery. He has also exhibited in Bologna, Hamburg and Milan. Works by Tindle can be found in the Tate and National Portrait Gallery.

Among the 15 works on offer are The Man who Went Away, a 16.75 x 14.25in (42.5 x 36cm) acrylic on panel which is pitched at £400-600, and Tread Softly, a 9.5 x 11.75in (24 x 30cm) oil on canvas that has the same estimate.