Sea painting for auction

SEASCAPE: Celebrated artsist Maggi Hambling has donated one of her paintings to raise money for Gainsborough's House in Sudbury.
SEASCAPE: Celebrated artsist Maggi Hambling has donated one of her paintings to raise money for Gainsborough's House in Sudbury.

FUNDRAISERS are hoping they will be awash with new funds after one of their backers generously donated a seascape painting.

Maggi Hambling, one of Britain’s most distinguished painters, has donated one of her latest paintings from her North Sea series for auction to raise funds for Sudbury’s Gainsborough’s House, the museum home of the town’s famous artist and resident Thomas Gainsborough.

She is a staunch supporter of Gainsborough’s House and is famous for her striking sculpture of a Scallop at Aldeburgh.

“I am a passionate lover of the museum, for it is where, as a child, I first encountered great art,” she said.

“Since 2002, the North Sea waves off our Suffolk coast have been my constant subject. I hope this painting may bring good fortune to a house full of inspiration.”

The painting, Summer Wave, is currently on show in the gift shop at Gainsborough’s House, in Gainsborough Street, and museum staff are encouraging people to come in to view it.

Penny Payne, chairman of The Friends of Gainsborough’s House, said, “We are very privileged to have Maggi as our patron and this is a beautiful painting.

“The sale will raise much needed funds towards repairs to the fabric of the house to keep it safe for the next 50 years.”

The painting can also be seen on the museum’s website at www.gainsborough.org and bids can be made by emailing mail@gainsborough.org or by post.

Bidding will end at midnight on July 12.