'The Refusal', oil on panel by David Wilkie, Great Britain, 1814. Museum no. FA.226 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

'The Refusal', oil on panel by David Wilkie, Great Britain, 1814. Museum no. FA.226 Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Wilkie took his subject from Robert Burns's song 'Duncan Gray' (1798). In the story, proud Maggie first refuses Duncan's proposal of marriage, but later changes her mind. Wilkie's friend, the painter William Mulready, was the model for Duncan.