Focusing on the early life and work of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88), this exhibition explores his development as an artist.
The exhibition explores how Gainsborough made his first steps in the art world, from the inspiration of the landscape surrounding his hometown of Sudbury, through his training in London in the 1740s, to his return to Suffolk around 1748.
It deals with Gainsborough’s early life, his family, and reveals for the first time new research into this significant period of the burgeoning artist.
On display are paintings from Gainsborough’s House collection, new acquisitions, and loans that give new insight into Gainsborough’s early life and development as an artist. It will draw on a significant collection of the paintings, prints and ephemera on Gainsborough from the 1740s.