Two high profile personalities - in the world of fashion and history – have expressed their support for a lottery grant to expand Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury.
Fashion designer Nicole Farhi and renowned writer and historian Simon Schama - who is making a television programme including Gainsborough portraits - have praised the museum after their recent visits.
Director Mark Bills said Simon Schama visited the museum in Gainsborough Street for a television series called Portraits of Britain due to be aired in September.
Writing to Mr Bills afterwards, Mr Schama said: “It’s obvious to me how rightly treasured the place is; how deeply needed in today’s climate and how very deserving it would be of a lottery fund grant to maintain and sustain its splendid work.”
Mr Bills said the application for a substantial lottery grant is still being worked on. There are plans to expand the galleries and provide more space for the artist’s work.
French fashion designer Nicole Farhi said: “The house of Gainsborough, with its art collection, gorgeous garden, its print workshop, its future plans of refurbishment and enlargement, is on the cusp of the most exciting rebirth.
“I can’t wait to come back and see all the drawings, sketches and letters once they have been put into new displays with more space.”