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Early Photographs in the Royal Collection

Funchal Bay 1880

RCIN 2580606

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Throughout her life Sarah suffered from poor health, believed to be caused by the climate change between Africa and Britain. In 1880, suffering from tuberculosis, she settled in Funchal, Madeira to recuperate. At this time Queen Victoria remarked in her diaries:

Grieved & shocked to hear, that poor Sally, Mrs Davies, was hopelessly ill at Madeira. – Lady Dudley brought her 4 eldest children, for me to see, 3 fine, nice boys, & a very pretty little girls

Queen Victoria, Journal (RA VIC/MAIN/QVJ (W) 23 August 1880)

Sarah Forbes Bonetta died aged 37 and is buried in the British Cemetery of Funchal. In her memory, her husband established an eight foot high granite obelisk shaped monument at Ijon in Western Lagos, where he lived with their children and established a cocoa farm.