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Early Gainsborough: ‘From the Obscurity of a Country Town’
October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
This exhibition focusses on the early life and art of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88). It explores how Gainsborough made his first steps in the art world from the inspiration of the landscape surrounding his hometown of Sudbury, through his training in London in the 1740s, to his return to Suffolk around 1748. This is a particularly important exhibition for Gainsborough’s House because it deals with Gainsborough’s time in Sudbury, his family and reveals for the first time new research on this significant period of the burgeoning artist.
This exhibition will show paintings from Gainsborough’s House collection, new acquisitions and loans that give new insight into Gainsborough’s early life and development as an artist. It will draw on a significant collection of the paintings, prints and ephemera on Gainsborough from the 1740s.