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Gainsborough's House

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury, Suffolk and as a child showed an artistic talent and spent much of his childhood sketching in the woods and fields of the Suffolk Countryside. Later in his career he became a favourite painter of King George III and when he died was considered one of the greatest artists of his era. Gainsborough House dates back to around 1520 however there are features that are thought to date to as early as 1490; in 1958 Gainsborough’s House Society purchased the house and established it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The museum opened to the public in 1961 and has a beautiful garden at the heart of the house which is maintained by volunteers who exclusively cultivate plants available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.

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