The collection of Thomas Gainsborough drawings at Gainsborough’s House is one of the most comprehensive in the world. It includes examples from all stages of the artist’s career but also shows a broad range of subject-matter, including figure studies as well as landscapes and buildings. Above all, it demonstrates the extraordinary variety of techniques that Gainsborough adopted from pencil, chalk and washes to oil varnishes and even skimmed milk. This exhibition includes drawings not often seen and shows the remarkable breadth of Gainsborough’s practice.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of Gainsborough’s House is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers, who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.
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