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Exhibition October 20, 2018 − February 17, 2019

Early Gainsborough. Out of obscurity to glory

Exhibition focuses on the early years and writings of Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788). The exhibition explores how one of the leading British artists of his era took his first steps in the art world, inspired by the scenery around his hometown of Sudbury. His training in London in the 1740s is further traced, and then his return to Suffolk around 1748. This is a particularly important exhibition for Gainsborough House, as the accompanying catalog contains the results of the latest discoveries in the artist's biography. Namely, how two murders in his family opened the way to the world of art for him.

This exhibition will feature paintings from the collection of the House of Gainsborough, new acquisitions and leased works that will give a new insight into the early life and development of the artist. The exhibition is based on an outstanding collection of paintings and engravings, dating from the 1740s.