From child­hood and be­yond

Country Life Every Week - - Exhibition -

Early Gains­bor­ough: From the ob­scu­rity of a Coun­try Town’, at Gains­bor­ough’s House, 46, Gains­bor­ough Street, Sud­bury, Suf­folk un­til Fe­bru­ary 17 (01787 372958; www.gains­bor­ough.org), sheds light on the young artist through 40 works, in­clud­ing Wooded Land­scape with Herds­man Seated (above, 1746–47), show­ing the early in­flu­ence of Dutch 17th-cen­tury land­scapes, as well as por­traits and etch­ings from the 1750s. Born in the mar­ket town of Sud­bury, Gains­bor­ough went to Lon­don aged 13 to study un­der Grav­elot and Hay­man, re­turn­ing to Suf­folk, newly mar­ried, in his early twen­ties. The ex­hi­bi­tion presents new dis­cov­er­ies—no­tably that two fam­ily mem­bers were the vic­tims of re­venge killings—and is com­ple­mented by the paint­ings from dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods and places of his life dis­played in the mu­seum that was his child­hood home.

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