We have visited Sudbury on several occasions, but one of the more interesting was when we took in the Gainsborough House Museum. This was the home of the great artist, and it now serves as a museum to his life, a gallery for his works, and a research hub for other artists.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) was portrait and landscape painter, and print-maker. He was also a founding member of the Royal Academy.
The museum has several gallery spaces, a library, an archive of his prints, and a nice little shop. On the day of our visit there was an additional exhibit of the works of other period artists as well.
I really enjoyed Gainsborough’s work, some of which had photographic qualities. These are really masterful portraits.
The museum also has really lovely gardens, and as we were visiting in the early summer, tulips were in bloom. This added to the beauty of the visit. In the middle of the garden is a 17th Century mulberry tree. This is a great reminder of Sudbury’s legacy as a centre for silk weaving, the source of much of the town’s wealth.
After our visit we went to David’s Deli/Cafe a favoured retreat of ours. The restaurant offers fresh locally raised produce, and regional meats, but also a wide and very high quality assortment of continental cheeses. David’s is unique in the area as it has an adults only policy owing to its seating capacity and the desire to provide a more relaxed, chilled environment for its customers. David himself makes no apologies and a few jokes about his policy including the assertion that “child catchers” are always welcome.