TitleWilliam John Bankes M.P.
DescriptionWilliam John Bankes (1786-1855) was the son of Henry Bankes. Between 1813 and 1819, William travelled across Europe, and ventured into Egypt and the Middle East, drawing and keeping notes about the things he saw. Two voyages up the Nile, as well as travels to Petra, Jerusalem and other notable sites saw William return to the UK as something of a minor celebrity.

His father died in December 1834, leaving William free to begin to remodel Kingston Lacy. In 1835, he called upon Charles Barry and over the next six years, they restored the house in a style closer to that of the original building. In 1841, William was accused of indecent exposure and fled to Italy, but he continued to commission work on the house and the decoration of the interior was overseen by his sister, Lady Falmouth.
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