Gainsborough's House

Gainsborough's House, Sudbury: Address, Phone Number, Gainsborough's House Reviews: 4.5/5

Gainsborough's House
4.5
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TEMPORARILY CLOSED - 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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David M
Woodbridge, UK77 contributions
Taught me a lot
Nov 2020
The layout and exhibits helped me understand the history of Gainsborough.
Went to the National Gallery and it did not give me the satisfaction I got from this museum.
Written October 2, 2021
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Tony
Chelmsford, UK45 contributions
A Worthwhile Visit
Sep 2021
I took an old friend to see Gainsborough’s House are we were passing through Sudbury. We found the staff to be welcoming and friendly and were able to answer all questions we posed them. It was a delight to see Gainsborough’s artworks up close and walk through the house he inhabited. All together a worthwhile visit.
Written September 28, 2021
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Rob M
Colchester, UK371 contributions
Lovely garden
Apr 2019
Highly recommend this house if you're visiting the town for a day as this is The celebretiy of the town. Wonderfully preserved with ample information about the man himself available
Written November 14, 2019
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irenesudbury
66 contributions
Pretty Garden
Dec 2018
Lovely Garden to visit,with a very old interesting tree,after that you can have a lovely cup of tea,so this is a place worth seeing I think.
Written November 5, 2019
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MartinRHor
Riga, Latvia61 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
lovely garden, some nice examples of Gainsborough's work as well as Constable. Some odd snippets from Gainsborough's life. I understand the museum is closing soon for a year or more for some renovations and construction of a new gallery. It will be good to see the improvements.
Written September 26, 2019
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Gainsborough's House closed on 27th October 2019. From December (date to be confirmed) during our 18 months redevelopment, Gainsborough’s House will open an Information Point at No.47 Gainsborough Street, located next door to Gainsborough’s House Museum. There will be: • Information and regular news updates on the museum’s redevelopment • Opportunities to book on to hardhat tours of the building site • A chance to book on one of our heritage tours of Gainsborough’s sites in and around Sudbury • Cards and books for sale • Staff and volunteers on hand to answer any queries There will be a display to inform visitors about the rich artistic cultural sites that lie within the area surrounding Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury. Many of Britain’s leading artists were born or were resident in the region, including Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Sir Alfred Munnings at Dedham, Cedric Morris, whose art school in Hadleigh attracted students such as Maggi Hambling and Lucien Freud, both who made the area their home.
Written October 29, 2019
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John M
Kidderminster, Worcestershire229 contributions
Fascinating
Sep 2019
We like art, but had never hard of this little gem. The disabled lift wasn’t working, but being partly disabled I did get round all the rooms. Fascinating art and added bonus of Vivienne Westwood dresses. Excellent shop with friendly assistants. Aldo enjoyed seeing the quince and medlar trees in the garden.
Written September 23, 2019
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awb_11
Great Waldingfield, UK158 contributions
much to enjoy - but note imminent closure
Sep 2019
Fortunately a previously unsatisfactory experience here has been superseded by much more pleasant visits - two this year, in fact, for different exhibitions. This is a very agreeable place to enjoy some quality art in an atmospheric building - there's also a lovely garden, and the staff are good. The house is closing for a major refurb in a month's time, so don't be caught out... it's to be hoped that this doesn't negatively impact on the 'atmospheric building'.
Written September 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gainsborough's House closed on 27th October 2019. From December (date to be confirmed) during our 18 months redevelopment, Gainsborough’s House will open an Information Point at No.47 Gainsborough Street, located next door to Gainsborough’s House Museum. There will be: • Information and regular news updates on the museum’s redevelopment • Opportunities to book on to hardhat tours of the building site • A chance to book on one of our heritage tours of Gainsborough’s sites in and around Sudbury • Cards and books for sale • Staff and volunteers on hand to answer any queries There will be a display to inform visitors about the rich artistic cultural sites that lie within the area surrounding Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury. Many of Britain’s leading artists were born or were resident in the region, including Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Sir Alfred Munnings at Dedham, Cedric Morris, whose art school in Hadleigh attracted students such as Maggi Hambling and Lucien Freud, both who made the area their home.
Written October 29, 2019
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smithy10smithy
Halstead, UK242 contributions
Surprisingly
Sep 2019
Have walked passed this house many a time and never thought about going in until my artist brother took us in. There is so much more in here than I could imagine. This beautiful old house had Constable paintings and others on display so if your not a Gainsborough fan there are alternatives. The museum has plans to extend and improve in the not to distant future so will be well worth a visit. Our visit was made even better by the brilliant sunshine which enabled us to sit in the lovely little garden for a while. Informative and friendly staff and a small shop
Written September 16, 2019
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mhill873
Nice, France37 contributions
Small, but significant exhibition
Aug 2019
Gainsborough, Constable and Lawrence together in two rooms to study closely. To see the paintings close-up without the jostle associated with London gallery exhibitions, is a joy. Well done the private collector who allowed this exhibition to happen. I read that the paintings are part of a larger collection; every encouragement should be given to he or she to permit us to see further elements of their collection and hopefully at Gainsborough's House
Written September 4, 2019
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Paul L
London, UK38 contributions
Worth while seeing this great gallery and wonderful House
Sep 2019 • Friends
Absolutely a jewel in Essex. Beautiful building housing Constables great collection if art. They are developing and extending thus wonderful gallery into a world destination art space and gallery. Its fantastic and the grounds are very beautiful. Good gift shop too!
Written September 4, 2019
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