In a landmark development, the childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788), one of Britain’s most important artists , has been reimagined as an international centre for his work, and the largest gallery in Suffolk.

Gainaborough's House Museum opening
The new Gainsborough Gallery brings together 20 portraits and landscapes made throughout
Gainsborough’s career. ©Hufton+Crow

The ambitious transformation comprises a new three-storey building, as well as careful restoration of the Grade I-listed medieval, Georgian and Regency townhouse where he was born. Via a series of rooms and galleries, visitors can explore Gainsborough’s early life through family portraits and landscapes; learn about his love of music as a listener, performer and artist; and observe his greatest work in a special gallery lined with Sudbury silk damask.

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With views across Suffolk, the setting provides ‘a magical place for visitors to enjoy in the very landscape Gainsborough painted and grew up in, providing a special destination in this beautiful part of the country,’ says Eilish McGuinness, chief executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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