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Gainsborough's House, Suffolk

The eighteenth century artist Thomas Gainsborough was born in the house of a well to do Sudbury merchant in 1727. He spent his childhood here, and returned in 1749 two years after his marriage, remaining until 1758. This house survives in what is now known as Gainsborough Street and is preserved as a memorial. There is a permanent display of a selection of Gainsborough's paintings at the house. A fifteen minute talk is provided on the artist and his work. Workshops and courses in various artistic techniques are also offered.

The house has a prosperous, yet friendly and informal air, reflecting the sunny personality of Gainsborough himself. The garden, with its backdrop of yellow painted walls seems indicative of the man. Perhaps it was in this garden that Gainsborough watched his two daughters Mary and Margaret chasing butterflies. This scene was to become a famous painting.

The house has a small coffee shop and a gift shop.


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Address: 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU

Directions. Gainsborough's House is in Gainsborough Street, which leads off from the market square in the centre of Sudbury. Click here for an interactive map centred on Gainsborough's House.

Access:There is level access to the house, a lift to the first floor, and an adapted toilet.




telephone: 01787 372958

fax: 01787 376991


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