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Gainsborough's House

46 Gainsborough Street, Babergh District CO10 2EU, England
+44 1787 372958
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Sir Cedric Morris Exhibition

We visited for this specific exhibition which was well laid out with excellent information panels... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Liz M
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London, United Kingdom
Gainsboroughs House

I'd never visited Sudbury before but the museum was very easy to find and there's short stay free... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah A
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Gainsborough’s House explores the life and art of Thomas Gainsborough. One of the greatest artists of his age, he is renowned throughout the world for his portrait and landscape paintings. The house, ‘a most excellent Brickt Mansion,’ was bought by John Gainsborough, the artist’s father, in May 1722. Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and was baptized there at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727. He lived here until around 1740 when, as a young teenager, he was sent to London to pursue a career as an artist. He returned to Sudbury in the spring of 1749 until 1752 when he painted his celebrated Mr and Mrs Andrews. He never lost the influence of his native town and county. ‘Nature was his teacher, and the woods of Suffolk his academy,’ noted an obituary after his death in 1788.
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46 Gainsborough Street, Babergh District CO10 2EU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for this specific exhibition which was well laid out with excellent information panels. We cannot wait to see the new development which is currently in the planning stage. Staff are really helpful.

Thank Liz M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd never visited Sudbury before but the museum was very easy to find and there's short stay free parking nearby. Currently an exhibition of Sir Cedric Morris which was interesting. Quite a few of Gainsborough's paintings which I hadn't expected. Beautiful old house with medieval...More

Thank Sarah A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is tucked away on the Main Street in town however there is easy council parking a walk away. It’s tiny but for Gainsborough lovers real must see.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found parking nearby. The history of the house is facinating. While it appears a Georgian house on the outside, like many such houses it hides a medieval interior, which becomes evident when you view the house inside and there is a interesting painted alcove...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small but very interesting, a volunteer was very interesting giving us the history of House and paintings. Good shop and toilet facilities if needed.

Thank Irene950
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The property sits on the main road through the town, access is from the lane at the side. Admission was £7.00 each [no reductions for senior citizens]. There were many paintings on display not all by the man himself. There isa lift/elevator that can take...More

Thank Alan R
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Well worth a visit , lovely prints, drawings and paintings - staff very helpful and knowledgeable. We are coming back in July for for the Print Making course run by Susan Jones. We have attended previous courses here which we excellent !

Thank Stephanie K
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Reviewed December 23, 2017

Very interesting museum to visit. Gives you a good understanding of Gainsborough and of Suffolk. A must visit if visiting Sudbury

Thank Dean R
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Reviewed December 4, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Gainsborough's House; charming and informstive layout - thanks to the lift I was able to see most of the paintings, drawings etc and really enjoyed chatting with the staff, one of whom, being familiar with my childhood home...More

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed November 25, 2017

If you enjoy art and artists then you'll enjoy Gainsborough's house. It's a beautiful example of Georgian architecture, and once inside it is crammed with effects from the life of one of England's best artists.

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judith414
March 29, 2017|
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Response from Christine W | Reviewed this property |
Basic entry fee is £7 or £16 for a family ticket. Friends and Art Fund Members are free.
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