The Painting Room: Artists at Work in the 18th Century

Reimagining the rooms artists worked in during Gainsborough's era.

The precursor to the purpose built studio, a painting room was a space set up by an artist, often within a domestic home. This exhibition reveals how they were able to utilise such rooms – not only as a practical space for production – but also for the display and sale of their work.

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A reconstruction of an 18th century artist’s painting room has been constructed from original artefacts. Featuring tools, equipment and possessions, the installation provides a unique insight into the techniques and materials that characterise the art of this period.


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Venue details

Gainsborough's House 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury Suffolk CO10 2EU 01787 372958 www.gainsborough.org

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5.90)

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am 5pm

Closed Good Friday, 24 Dec – 1 Jan