Art & collections
Objects in focus
Originally known as Clare, talented artist Tony Atwood (1866–1962) lived with two other women, Edy Craig and Chris St John, at Smallhythe Place, Kent. This 1951 self-portrait hangs at Fenton House, London.
The bed hangings in the Honeysuckle Bedroom at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands was designed by May Morris, daughter of William Morris. In June 1937 May visited Wightwick with her partner Miss Lobb.
Sir John Lavery's alluring portrait of Violet Keppel (1894–1972) at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent was made during Violet’s tempestuous affair with Vita Sackville-West.
Kingston Lacy in Dorset was profoundly shaped by William Bankes, an art-lover and collector. However, he had to flee England and the home he loved in 1841 to avoid prosecution for same-sex acts.
Knole in Kent is the setting for Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando and is where the original manuscript is kept. The story explores themes of sexual identity, with the hero(ine), born male, becoming female.
'A Cadet' at Clouds Hill
Henry Tuke’s painting is thought to depict the writer T.E. Lawrence. Lawrence dedicated his book, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926), to Dahoum Ahmed, with whom he'd had an intimate friendship.
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