Sophie

There are very few images of Sophie Dawes, and those are mostly from the latter half of her life, after she became Baronne de Feuchères and when she was perhaps no longer quite the beauty that first attracted the attention of the Duc de Condé in Regency London. It is almost certain that she would have commissioned some formal, full-scale portraits by well-known and accomplished artists – but perhaps these were destroyed after her death.

miniature painting of Sophie Dawes
Sophie Dawes as a young woman

The following landscape, entitled ‘The Hunt at the Ponds’ by Adolphe Ladurner, shows Sophie mounted sidesaddle at the conclusion of a stag hunt (the unfortunate creature can be seen in the pond to the right). It was painted in 1829, just one year before the Prince de Conde’s death and a period when Sophie was at the height of her powers.

The-Hunt-at-the-Ponds_Adolphe Ignatievich Ladurner

 


portrait of Sophie Dawes, Baronne de Feucheres, in black dress, seated
Sophie Dawes in later life

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