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Gainsborough’s House: Reviving an artist’s birthplace

16 November 2016

Thomas Gainsborough
(1727–1788)
Figures resting in a woodland landscape
Pen and brown ink and brown wash on wove paper
9 ⅛ x 11 ½ inches; 232 x 291 mm
Signed lower right: T: 'Gainsborough pinx: 1784, also inscribed: The Gift of the ingenious artist to Miss Thicknesse'
 

We are pleased to be supporting Gainsborough’s House in their campaign to raise money for a major redevelopment. Situated in Sudbury, in Suffolk, Gainsborough’s House, the birthplace of the artist, contains an outstanding collection of his works by the artist and associated figures. We have a lengthy interest in Gainsborough and have long supported research into his work as well as mounting two dedicated exhibitions of his drawings in 2003 and 2014. Lowell is a trustee of Gainsborough’s House and is very involved with its development plans. We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has just awarded Gainsborough’s House £4.73 million towards the cost of the new project. With this money, Gainsborough’s House are well on the way to achieving the £7.5 million total needed to see the transformation of Gainsborough’s House into a leading centre for the study and display of eighteenth-century British art.