After an introduction to Gainsborough at Gainsborough’s House, visitors enter two downstairs rooms, the Entrance Hall and the Parlour, which explore the achievements of the artist and his time in Suffolk. The Entrance Hall displays some of the highlights from the collection including Gainsborough’s Pitminster Boy, alongside a collection of Gainsborough’s belongings including his swordstick, paint scraper and his studio cabinet. The Parlour displays paintings and drawings alongside period furniture.
The hall and stairs are filled with portraits of the Gainsborough family and works by Gainsborough Dupont, the great artist’s nephew, apprentice and studio assistant.
The two rooms upstairs consider in turn ‘The curs’d face business,’ the portraits of Thomas Gainsborough and ‘Nature was his teacher,’ the landscapes of the artist. The Study Gallery, once a weaving room, explores the art of printmaking, while the third floor is given over to changing displays, focusing on significant aspects of Gainsborough’s achievements as an artist.