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His biography

  • 1825

    2nd July, birth of Toussaint Gabriel Loppé in Montpellier.
    His father Samuel Loppé came from a Protestant family in Alençon (Normandie), he was a career soldier. His mother Sophie Églée Sue, was from Montpellier (South of France).

  • Until 1841

    Gabriel Loppé spent a miserable period in Paris, before leaving at the age of 16 for health reasons.

  • 1841-1846

    He joined his parents in Embrun (Hautes-Alpes), where he acquired and mastered his taste for drawing en plein air – from nature.

  • June 1846

    Loppé went to the Bernese Oberland, near Meiringen to join other students from Diday’s and Calame’s studio at an outdoor painting school
    First excursion on the Aar glacier, with the young Englishman Beresford Walker who subsequently introduced him to climbing.

  • 1847-1848

    Loppé left Diday’s studio after three months. In Paris, at the Louvre, he copied paintings by the Dutch masters.

  • 1848

    February 22nd, a Republican insurrection broke out in Paris, and Loppé took part in the demolition of the Palais des Tuileries. He was recalled by his father to Dijon and sent outside France to Brienz (Bernese Oberland, Switzerland) to pacify his political convictions.

  • 1849

    Stayed at Fillinges (Haute-Savoie) to work on his painting. First visit to Annecy. Loppé first went to Chamonix and the Mer de Glace.

  • 1851

    June 30th, marriage to Marguerite Bachet. Loppé settled in Annecy and stayed every summer in Chamonix.

  • 1852

    Death of his parents.

  • 1853

    July 19th, his first ascent to the Grands Mulets new hut.

  • 1854

    Geneva, municipal exhibition at the Rath Museum, (other participations in 1856,‘57,’59,’61 and ‘64).

  • 1861

    Three ascents of mont Blanc (23rd, 25th July and 13th August).

  • 1862

    Loppé and his family moved to Geneva.
    London Universal Exhibition, 2 works exhibited in the Switzerland section, (idem in 67 and 78 at the Paris Universal Exhibitions)
    Stayed 9 days at Les Grands Mulets.

  • 1864

    Loppé became an honorary member of the Alpine Club in London.
    28thJuly, 4th ascent of mont Blanc.

  • 1865

    Loppé became a member of the Geneva section of the Swiss Alpine Club.

  • 1868

    September 5th, 5th ascent of mont Blanc, Loppé painted two ‘pochades’ from the summit.

  • 1870

    In Chamonix, he opened an exhibition gallery: La Galerie Alpestre.

  • 1873

    February, exhibition in London at the Alpine Club. Stayed in London for several months (as per every year).
    6th August and 30th September, ascents of mont Blanc. On the 6th, he painted two sunset scenes from the summit.

  • 1874

    January 12th, death of his wife Marguerite.
    Exhibition in London (He exhibited again in 1875,‘78,‘79,‘91,‘93,‘94,‘95, ‘98,1903,‘04,‘06 and ‘08)

  • 1875

    He became a member of the French Alpine Club in the Paris section.

  • 1876

    January 19th 1st attempt at a winter ascent of mont Blanc, with his friend James Eccles. On March 3rd, they reached the top of mont Blanc.

  • 1877

    A one week stay at the Col du Géant with his daughter Aline (28th August to 5th Sept.)

  • 1879

    17th October, Loppé remarried in Kensington (London, England), to Elizabeth Eccles, the sister of his friend James Eccles.

  • 1880

    14th November, Loppé left Geneva to settle in Paris.

  • 1881

    Paris, participation in the Salon Officiel (other dates: 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1894)

  • 1885

    In Zermatt in Switzerland at the foot of the Matterhorn, he rented a room in the Hotel des Alpes until 1891 to display his paintings.

  • 1887

    28th September, Loppé bought his first camera in Geneva.

  • 1910

    Loppé stopped painting due to health problems.

  • 1912

    Last summer in Chamonix.

  • 1913

    May 19th Gabriel Loppé died at 4 a.m at home, 14 avenue du Trocadéro, he was 87 years old. He is buried with his wife Elizabeth in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

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