SOPHIE DAWES

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The Setting - locations and places mentioned in the novel



The setting for the story is Queen Victoria’s residence of Osborne House in the year 1862, and also the village of St Helens. Both are located on the Isle of Wight – a small island off the  south coast of England. There are also numerous references to places in 19th-century France,  namely the châteaux of Chantilly and St Leu. Here is a selection of scenes that evoke those settings,
mostly as seen in the  Victorian/Edwarian era.

Firstly, a selection of scenes from Sophie Dawes’s birthplace, St Helens, including the Seamark and causeway.
St Helens Village Green with geese grazing
St Helens High Road
The Mill Lake (pond) St Helens Duver
The Causeway leading to the Duver. The mill pond is on the left, the harbour to the right.
St Helens Seamark c 1813
The Ruined church tower St Helens

Osborne House, a regal setting ...



Next: some old illustrations/paintings of Osborne House and nearby town of Ryde.
Osborne terraces and garden
The gardens and grounds of Osborne looking southwards towards the building.
Osborne west front and carriage ring.
Drawing of the seaside town of Ryde in 19th century

France ...



Some of the places and locations that Sophie, as Madame de Feuchères, would have known as a young woman in France. Chantilly, in particular was the setting around which many of the important key events of her life took place.
The Grand Chateau of Chantilly.
Palais Bourbon, Paris 1780.
Palais Royal and gardens, Paris 1863.
Chateau St Leu exterior.

Other images of interest …



Some additional items that may be of interest to readers of the story …
Victoria and Albert’s state visit to Louis Philippe at Chateau d’Eu, 1843, by Eugène Lami.
HMS Black Eagle.
Theed’s statue of Albert, in situ at Balmoral.
The Last Stage on the Portsmouth Road, 1815, Jacques Agasse.
Thomas Rowlandson, Portsmouth Point.
A View of Balmoral, James Giles, 1848.
Exile. Louis Philippe on state visit to Claremont House, by Édouard Pingret, 1844.