Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury is a museum of national importance with a permanent exhibition of the work of one of England’s greatest painters, Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788).
Based in the house he was born and lived in, there is also an art gallery which has a full calendar of exhibitions by other artists, lectures and events throughout the year.
A print workshop at Gainsborough’s House, was established more than 30 years ago. It is an open access studio and has a programme of classes and is also open to experienced printers, wanting to make use of the facilities there.
A small garden, planted exclusively with plants which are likely to have been there during Gainsborough’s day, has the most spectacular and ancient (17th century) mulberry tree. The tree was planted during the reign of King James I, who encouraged the planting of mulberry trees with the aim of establishing a silk industry.
There are two kinds of mulberry tree – a white one, which feeds silkworms, and a black one, which supplies fruit. It is the black mulberry tree that was cultivated in England, in estates and gardens throughout the country. A silk industry was indeed established in Sudbury and still thrives today.
Gainborough’s House has a delightful gift shop with a collection of handmade items, from glasswork and silks to linocuts, greetings cards and unusual books and many ‘art’ items not normally found on the high street.
For further details please visit the Gainsborough House website.
Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU | T: 01787 372 958 | W: www.gainsborough.org
Guided walks take place regularly around Sudbury, with a Gainsborough and/or silk weaving theme. Please contact the Sudbury Tourist Information Centre for details on 01787 881320 or keep an eye on the events pages on their website.