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Gainsborough's House

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46 Gainsborough Street
CO10 2EU

Gainsborough's House is the birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), one of England's most celebrated artists. More of his paintings, drawings and prints are on display here than at any one time than anywhere else in the world.

46 Gainsborough Street is an attractive town-house in the heart of the bustling market town of Sudbury. It dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting features. Its Georgian fašade, built by the artist's father, and other elegant additions are eighteenth-century.

The visitor entrance to the museum is in Weavers Lane and leads into the Gift Shop and Coffee Shop. The entrance area leads out on to the terrace and the delightful walled garden, with its ancient mulberry tree.

The collection of Gainsborough's work encompasses the artist's whole career, from early portraits or landscapes painted in Suffolk to later works from his London period.

The permanent collection is augmented by many loans of paintings by Gainsborough and his contemporaries, from public and private collections. Artists close to Gainsborough are also represented in the main galleries, such as his nephew and studio assistant Gainsborough Dupont (1754-1797), and those who were teachers or followers.

A fascinating collection of Gainsborough memorabilia is displayed in the Entrance hall, and includes the artist's studio cabinet, his sword-stick and his pocket-watch.

General Information:

  • Gift shop
  • Education programme
  • Public car parks nearby
  • Wheelchair access to first floor
  • Coffee Shop serving very light refreshments

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  • Directions

    In the heart of Sudbury, follow pedestrian sign posts from town centre.

    Gainsborough's House Postcode for SatNav: CO10 2EU


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