Walter Frederick Roope Tyndale
Walter Frederick Roope Tyndale (1855–1943) was a British watercolourist of landscapes, architecture and street scenes, book illustrator and travel writer.
Tyndale was born and brought up in the medieval town of Bruges in Belgium, and trained initially at the “Bruges Academy of Art”. When he was 16, his family returned to England, settling in Bath in Somerset for several years. At the age of 18, he returned to Belgium, studying art first at the Academy in Antwerp, then moving to Paris where he studied under Léon Bonnat and Jan van Beers. In the 1870s, At the age of 21, circumstances obliged him to return to England in order to make a living from his art. He painted portraits and genre works in oils, and married a Miss Evelyn Dorothea Barnard. Until about 1890, he was known mainly as a portrait painter, but then moved to Haslemere in Surrey, started to teach art and switched to watercolour painting
Tyndale was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI), a founding member of the “Haslemere Art Society” and president of the latter between 1930–1932. Tyndale exhibited his works at various venues including the Royal Academy, the RI gallery in Piccadilly and Dowdeswell Galleries in London. His main artistic influences were his friend, the watercolourist Claude Hayes and, to a lesser extent, Helen Allingham