John Gainsborough (1683 - 1748)

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Death: Died in Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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About John Gainsborough

The Gainsboroughs were a Suffolk family of clothiers and John Gainsborough ( c. 1683- 1748), the artist’s father, was a cloth merchant and innkeeper. He married Mary Burrough in 1704 and they had at least nine children, the youngest of whom was Thomas. The artist’s parents had moved to a house in Sepulchre Street (now 46 Gainsborough Street) probably in 1722 and Thomas was born there a few years later. It is now known as Gainsborough’s House, the birthplace museum of the artist. In the early eighteenth century, Sudbury was a small but well-populated market town. The family house was at its heart, just off the Market Hill and John Gainsborough added a handsome brick façade to create an imposing town- house. Perhaps he overstretched himself for he was declared bankrupt in 1733. The property was bought for £500 in 1735 by his nephew, also John Gainsborough (1711-72), who allowed the artist’s family to remain there and thus alleviate their financial worries. Thomas’s father became the Sudbury postmaster until his death in October 1748.
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John Gainsborough's Timeline

1683
1683
1711
1711
Age 28
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
1713
1713
Age 30
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
1718
1718
Age 35
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
1718
Age 35
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
1723
1723
Age 40
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
1725
1725
Age 42
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
1726
1726
Age 43
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
1727
1727
Age 44
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
1748
October 29, 1748
Age 65
Sudbury, Suffolk, UK