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James Hart Dyke MONT BLANC: The Summit Paintings

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Sept. 27, 2023 - Oct. 8, 2023

Gallery 5

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In July 2022 James Hart Dyke climbed to the summit of Mont Blanc to paint the sunset, emulating as closely as possible the conditions under which the legendary French painter of the Alps, Gabriel Loppé (1825-1913) made his pair of summit paintings in August 1873 one hundred and fifty years earlier.

This exhibition will feature both of Hart Dyke’s sunset studies, and more than forty other paintings made during the adventure and afterwards. Also on display will be one of Loppé’s own, extremely rare ‘summit’ oil sketches.
Climbing via the arduous Grands Mulets route, Hart Dyke was accompanied by the exhibition organiser William Mitchell, guides, patrons and a cameraman, and was able to spend nearly two hours on the summit one evening working in temperatures as low as -20 degrees C.
All of his paintings at Cromwell Place will be for sale.

About the artist

James Hart Dyke. His work is centred on landscape painting, from the domesticity of paintings of country houses to paintings generated from physically demanding expeditions over remote mountains. James has also undertaken a series of projects including accompanying the then Prince of Wales as the official artist on royal tours, as ‘artist in residence’ for The British Secret Intelligence Service, as an artist embedded with the British Forces in war zones, working for the producers of the James Bond films and as ‘artist in residence’ for Aston Martin. These projects required him to respond in many ways and have allowed him to experiment with more graphic forms of painting influenced by his studies as an architect at the Royal College of Art. His portraits have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery and at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibitions.

John Mitchell Fine Paintings has been exhibiting James Hart Dyke’s paintings since 2002.


Image credit: (detail) James Hart Dyke, The Grandes Jorasses seen from the Summit of Mont Blanc, 2022. Courtesy of John Mitchell Fine Paintings.

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John Mitchell Fine Paintings

From Dutch paintings in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. to a nineteenth-century Swiss oil in the Louvre, John Mitchell Fine Paintings has a rich history of finding works for museums and international private collectors alike. Nowadays the gallery is also renowned for its annual exhibition of Alpine art, and its flourishing association with the landscape painter James Hart Dyke. Across all schools, periods and values, John Mitchell Fine Paintings continues to seek, with rigorous selectivity, the highest standard of quality in the paintings offered for sale, backed up by both scholarship and integrity.