7 August 2012

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies

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Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862) was born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when she was around five years old, with her parents being killed in a slave-hunting war. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She spent her life between the British royal household and her homeland in Africa until her death in 1880.

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