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Julia Emily Gordon’s parents were important patrons of David Wilkie. In 1834, Wilkie wrote to Sir Willoughby Gordon asking leave to propose marriage to his daughter, Julia Emily, but his request was refused. Julia’s mother, Lady Gordon (née Julia Bennet), was also an amateur artist, most remembered as a pupil and patron of Turner.
Gallery label, February 2004