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A fitting tribute to Gainsborough

A WARM WELCOME: Costumed staff outside Gainsboroughs House, the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough.

A WARM WELCOME: Costumed staff outside Gainsboroughs House, the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough.

A garland was hung around Sudbury’s Thomas Gainsborough statute before a procession led the way to his birthplace.

Although it is 287 years since he was born, the occasion is still remembered and no more so than at Gainsborough’s House, where celebrations were in full swing.

The art gallery and museum held a May market on Saturday and offered people the opportunity to look around the house and learn more about its work.

More than 550 people took up the invitation to enjoy the day, which, while dedicated to Gainsborough, also included stalls, tours and a chance to explore the museum’s gardens.

“It went very well and we had lots of people who joined our friends group,” said Mark Bills, museum director.

“There was a good feel to the day and it was a fitting way to mark Gainsborough’s birthday.”

A number of staff dressed in mock clothing from the 18th century and were on hand to discuss many of the paintings that made Gainsborough famous.

“We had workshops for children and the idea was to make people more aware of what we do,” said Mr Bills.

“There are still lots of local people who do not know much about Gainsborough, but I think many made the most of the chance to come along at the weekend.”

 

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