The Obelisk and the Englishman
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An amateur Egyptologist, daring explorer and talented artist, William John Bankes (1786-1855) was responsible for discovering and documenting many archaeological treasures in Egypt and Syria. He also remodelled the family estate at Kingston Lacy, to which he brought the obelisk from Philae which still stands on its lawn. This biography highlights his valuable researches but also tells how, having fallen foul of Regency social mores, he was threatened with imprisonment and execution for his homosexuality.