Gainsborough’s House – Reviving an Artist’s Birthplace


This book documents in pictures Reviving An Artist’s Birthplace, the ambitious project to transform Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, into an international centre for Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) in the unique setting of the artist’s of the artist’s birthplace and childhood home. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the £10 million transformation is the most significant development in the history of Gainsborough’s House since it opened as a museum in 1961. It involved four years of renovation and reconfiguration of the Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse, alongside the construction of a new three storey building, to provide new spaces for exhibitions, displays and learning.

This book of photographs by Anne-Katrin Purkiss is the record of the journey.

28 x 24cm


111 pages, colour illustrations

Published by Gainsborough’s House Society

All purchases support Gainsborough’s House

IBSN: 9780946511662


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Gainsborough's House

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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