A beautifully designed A6 Sketchbook featuring ‘Study for Diana and Actaeon (Detail)’ Thomas Gainsborough c.1784.
This is the study for “Diana and Actaeon,” c. 1785-8, by Thomas Gainsborough. The painting is the only survivor of Gainsborough’s mythological paintings; it was inspired by Book III of Ovid’s “Metamorphosis,” where Actaeone (a hunter) stumbles upon Diana and her Nymphs in the act of bathing naked at a pool. Actaeon was soon punished by Diana as she splashed him with water, transforming him into a stag, where he was soon hunted to death by his own hounds.
14.9 x 10.5cm
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Gainsborough's House is in the heart of Suffolk, in Sudbury, and the birthplace and childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough – one of the great figures of British and World Art history, renowned not only in his advancement of portraiture to a higher level but also in being one of the founders of the British School of landscape painting.
A bricked Georgian Grade-I listed house with an intimate walled garden featuring a 400 year old Mulberry Tree, in 2019, the Gainsborough’s House Society received an investment of £10m to upgrade and ‘revive the artist’s birthplace’. On 21 November 2022, the museum re-opened to the public after a transformational refurbishment. The museum is the international centre for Thomas Gainsborough and is now the largest gallery in Suffolk.
Visitors can view the family house, the new gallery spaces, examples of Gainsborough’s work, alongside specialist exhibitions and the famed garden and Mulberry Tree dating to the early 1600s. The space also has a cafe and visitor’s shop.
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