Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, KCB (1803 – 1868),
was a British soldier and adventurer who founded the Kingdom of Sarawak in Borneo,
and ruled as the first White Rajah of Sarawak from 1841 until his death in 1868.

Brooke never married, and amongst his relationships was one with Badruddin, a Sarawak prince,
of whom he wrote, “my love for him was deeper than anyone I knew.”
This phrase led to some considering him to be either homosexual or bisexual.

Later, in 1848, Brooke is alleged to have formed a relationship with 16-year-old Charles T. C. Grant,
grandson of the seventh Earl of Elgin, who supposedly ‘reciprocated’.
Whether this relationship was purely a friendship or otherwise has not been fully revealed.
One of Brooke’s recent biographers wrote that during Brooke’s final years in Burrator in Devon:
“there was little doubt about his carnally involvement with the rough trade of Totnes.”

He was succeeded as Rajah of Sarawak by his nephew.
He did however acknowledge one illegitimate son known as Rueben G Walker of Brighton in his early life,
but later George Brooke (born. Sarawak) of Plumtree, Nottinghamshire.

Artist Ernest Castelein was born in Antwerp 1887. He moved to England in the early 20th century
and he worked as a commissioned artist for Edwardian Society.
His death in 1945 was under “mysterious” circumstances.
The sitter (proudly showing an uncharacteristically exposed chest) in this painting is unknown.

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French Painter, 1780 - 1863)

Edward Melcarth Blond youth in Turquoise jacket, EugeneJansson Selfie, Leon Cogniet Selfie

Giorgione, doubleportrait, unknown persons, 1502

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