Suffolk Museums Object of the Year!
This years theme was ‘Hidden History‘. An object with a Hidden History can be anything from those that are rarely displayed, (but that have a fascinating tale to tell), to objects connected to the history of minority or hidden communities.
Our entry this year was Thomas Gainsborough’s Old Horse. This object is the only known piece of sculpture by Thomas Gainsborough and was once owned by another renowned Suffolk Artist, John Constable. The horse is made of fragile plaster however 3-D printing technology has enabled us to create an exact copy in bronze.
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.
Gainsborough’s House Society , Charity No. 1170048 and Company Limited by Guarantee No. 10413978