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.
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.
Flower paintings from the 18th & 19th centuries
Over the next fortnight, our gallery will be hung with a selection of flower and still-life paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, both in oils and in watercolour.
Appearing in our advertisement in today’s (24th May) edition of Country Life magazine, the highlight is Antoine Berjon’s Basket of Roses and a Hydrangea. This is exceptionally rare and one of only about twenty known oil paintings by this supremely gifted but elusive master from Lyons in south-eastern France. It was last with our firm a generation ago, and the intervening decades have only served to underline to connoisseurs and curators the scarcity and ‘cult status’ of Berjon’s work.
Also on view are three watercolours by the great Redouté, and a posy of flowers by one of his many lady pupils, Eulalie de Bridieu. Meanwhile Mary Moser’s delicate canvas of roses reminds us how comparatively obscure the art of flower painting remained in late eighteenth-century Britain.
We look forward to showing you these and other examples of a genre which is so much a part of our firm’s ninety-two year history. The exquisite Berjon alone is worth a visit!