|Joris Van der Hagen (1615 - 1669), View of Kleef, c. 1660.|
It is a particularly good time to plan a visit since, in addition to the permanent exhibition, there are three exceptional temporary displays to enjoy at the moment.
This spring and summer some landscape paintings owned by Gainsborough's House have gone to Holland. They are among the works on display in the first ever Dutch exhibition of Thomas Gainsborough, Gainsborough in his own words, at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe. In exchange nine important landscape paintings from the Dutch Golden Age by artists such as Jan van Kessel and Joris van der Haagen are currently on show in Sudbury. Gainsborough is known to have been much influenced by the Dutch landscape tradition of the seventeenth century and it is marvellous to be able to appreciate these impressive canvasses at first hand. They look very fine on the walls of Gainsborough’s House and you can see them until 24th July.
In addition to the Dutch landscapes, in the Upper Bow Room you can see a collection of drawings by Hubert Francois Gravelot (1699-1773). A French artist and engraver who emigrated from France to England in 1732, Gravelot was central to the promotion of the Rococo style in this country. Gainsborough’s drawing master when the young artist left Sudbury in his teens, Gravelot specialised in book illustrations and prints and is thought to have stimulated Gainsborough’s interest in print and printmaking.
In the Back Exhibition Gallery there is a unique display by the Romantic artist Samuel Palmer (1805 -1881). On loan from a private collection, the atmospheric etchings which are inspired by the English countryside, reward close attention.
On Sundays Gainsborough's House is open from 11 a.m until 5 p.m.