Last chance to see the painting room on show

Artists at Work in the 18th Century Exhibition at Gainsborough House Museum in Sudbury.  The Painting Room exhibit ANL-161001-190144009
Artists at Work in the 18th Century Exhibition at Gainsborough House Museum in Sudbury. The Painting Room exhibit ANL-161001-190144009

Duty manager Trudy Pickerin stands proudly at the exhibition

The exhibition centrepiece is an innovative recreation of a Georgian painting room.

House Steward Richard Powell admiring the work of William Pether's The Three Smiths, Brothers & Painters 1765 ANL-161001-190442009

House Steward Richard Powell admiring the work of William Pether's The Three Smiths, Brothers & Painters 1765 ANL-161001-190442009

The painting room is the culmination of prolonged research on the spaces where 18th century artists painted.

Thomas Gainsborough RA referred to portraiture as the ‘cursed face business’ and it was in the painting room that he would invite patrons to sit.

Included in the exhibition are historically significant artefacts from prominent painters, such as Sir Joshua Reynolds RA’s rarely exhibited sitters’ chair and easel, on loan from the Royal Academy, as well as works by artists that illustrate the painting room as it was in the 18th Century.

There is also a selection of paintings and works on paper further illustrate the practices of the painting room.

Duty Manager Trudy Pickerin ANL-161001-190456009

Duty Manager Trudy Pickerin ANL-161001-190456009

The exhibition ends on February 21.

Oil on canvas by Karl Friedrich Zimmermann - The Artist's Studio c1800 ANL-161001-190427009

Oil on canvas by Karl Friedrich Zimmermann - The Artist's Studio c1800 ANL-161001-190427009