Exhibition to mark 50th anniversary of Sexual Offences Act examines aesthete forced to flee after relationship with soldier

A two-month project examining the life and exile of a man forced out of Britain because of his gay relationship with a soldier has gone on display at the stately home he inherited in 1834 but from which he later had to flee.

William John Bankes, a charming, adventurous aesthete, continued to commission and collect art for the Dorset house he inherited, even long after his forced departure from Kingston Lacy.

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