Art and local history lovers in Sudbury and beyond are in for a treat this month with the promise of free entry every Sunday throughout March to Gainsborough’s House – the childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) which houses the world’s largest collection of Gainsborough’s art.
‘A Month of Sundays’, now in its second year, aims to encourage more people from across East Anglia to visit the Museum and Gallery by offering free entry for individuals and families – normally £7 and £16 respectively.
Mark Bills, Director of Gainsborough’s House said:
“Whether you have an interest in Thomas Gainsborough and the wonderful array of art we have here in his childhood home; whether you are curious to know what is behind the brick façade of this historic building or whether you simply want a fun and interesting trip out with the family at no cost – we are always delighted to welcome local residents and are proud to have a place in Sudbury’s history and heritage.”
The Museum and Gallery is home to an extensive collection of Gainsborough’s landscapes and portraits that have secured his place as one of Britain’s leading artists. During March, visitors can also enjoy two temporary exhibitions – a display of art works, painting materials and family memorabilia by fellow artistic great, John Constable (1776 – 1837) and a collection of works by award-winning landscape artist Julian Perry, inspired by the changing face of the East Anglian landscape that both Gainsborough and Constable had such an affinity with.
Visitors can also explore the historic garden, which features a 400-year-old Mulberry tree that still bears fruit, and browse the gallery shop.
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