The show covers paintings and early photographs of the Alps – a speciality of the gallery’s William Mitchell. It is the largest edition of the show to date and features some of the field’s leading painters, such as Charles-Henri Contencin (1898-1955) and Gabriel Loppé (1825-1913).
Works in the show are priced from £1000-25,000, with a notable exception being Loppé’s La Jonction, one of the highlights.
The Alpine artist first climbed up to La Jonction, where the Bossons and Taconnaz glaciers meet, with his new wife in 1852. The route he took to this point was the original way to the summit of Mont Blanc and remains a popular climb.
Loppé continued making the trek into his 60s, completing this work, pictured above, in 1890 at the age of 65. The oil on canvas shows a large crevasse before the Grands Mulets rocks and, behind those, the Rocher Pitschner. Mont Blanc is just visible on the far right. The painting measures 20 x 14½in (50 x 37cm) and is offered for £65,000.