Visit: Gainsborough's House and Belchamp Hall

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Gainsborough's House in Sudbury was Thomas Gainsborough's birthplace and home until he moved to London at the age of 13. There will be a welcome by the Director, Diane Perkins, who will give an introductory talk on Gainsborough and the museum's collection of his works. The museum has rich collection of Gainsborough's works, both portraits and landscapes, that span his working life. There will be an opportunity to view paintings, drawings and prints by the artist, including a number not normally on display. Since Gainsborough's House opened as a museum in 1961, the Art Fund has helped it to acquire 19 works, some of the most exciting of which that are not already on display, will be brought out for view today. 

There will also be an opportunity to see a centerary exhibition of Humphrey Spender's work as a painter, print maker and illustrator.

Belchamp Hall is a delightful Queen Anne house of rich red brick that has been the home of the Raymond family since 1611. There will be a guided tour of the house by Mr Charles Raymond, who is directly descended from the John Raymond who built the house in 1720. The house is famous for its family portraits, including one by Cornelius Janssen of the John Raymond who bought the estate in 1611.