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Louis-Gabriel Loppé
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A mountaineer and landscape painter of mountain scenes, Louis-Gabriel Loppé was also an amateur photographer. He studied with François Diday (1802-1877) in Geneva, and began painting landscapes in 1848. His trip in 1861 to Mont Blanc may have inspired him to take up photography. He opened a painting studio in Geneva in 1862 and an exhibition gallery in Chamonix in 1870. He exhibited in London, becoming a member of the Alpine Club and the Royal Academy. A widower, he married his second wife Elizabeth Eccles in 1879 and spent winters in Paris from 1881. He photographed daily life in Paris, but never practiced as a professional photographer. He is best known for his many photographic views of the Eiffel Tower; one striking image shows the Tower being struck by lightning. His paintings are in the collections of museums in Chamonix and Geneva and London’s Royal Academy. (TNB 2/2010) Selected bibliography: Emmanuel Bénézit, Dictionary of Artists, vol. 8 p. 1233. Paris: Gründ, 2006. Freshfield, Douglas W. “In Memoriam. Two Old Friends: Gabriel Loppé, Francis F. Tuckett.” The Alpine Journal, vo. 27, no. 201, August 1913, pp. 334-346. London: Alpine Club, 1913. John Hannavy, ed., Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography, v.1, pp 455-456. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2008.