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John Mitchell Fine Paintings has been associated with traditional British and European paintings for ninety years. With a gallery just off Brook Street in the heart of London’s Mayfair, the business is now run by James and William Mitchell, the grandsons of John Mitchell who began the dealership in 1931, and their colleague James Astley Birtwistle. 


John Mitchell Fine Paintings is an independent family business established in 1931. Now in its third generation it is run by James Mitchell and William Mitchell. The gallery is located on the first floor of 17 Avery Row just off New Bond Street in London and visitors are welcome throughout the week. James and William Mitchell specialise in buying and selling European and British paintings and drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, especially those from private collections. John Mitchell also act as agents for vendors and advise on all aspects of picture collecting, in particular framing, conservation and valuations.


Orchard Bay, Isle of Wight

As spring arrives we are delighted to offer this charming Ibbetson oil painting of Orchard Bay. The remote southern side of the Isle of Wight, with its cliffs and rocky coves, was reputedly the haunt of wreckers and bootleggers, and this intensified the island’s romantic appeal to artists like de Loutherbourg, Ibbetson and, later, the Rev. Gilpin in his treatise of 1798 on Picturesque Beauty. Our summery, buoyant scene of a sailor’s homecoming was the last of a series of Isle of Wight subjects exhibited by Ibbetson at the Royal Academy in the 1790s, and is almost certainly the uplifting pendant to the gothick horror of his dramatic Storm: Back of the Isle of Wight now in the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio.
Copies of James Mitchell’s book on Ibbetson are available on request. Click here for detailed photographs of the painting.