Lucie Duff Gordon
Lucie Duff Gordon, [née Lucie Austin], Lady Duff Gordon (1821-1869), travel writer and translator. Lucie Duff Gordon was the daughter of John and Sarah Austin, who lived in Weybridge. George Meredith described Lucie Duff Gordon as striking; she was tall with dark hair and a classical profile. She was the model for Lady Jocelyn in Meredith's novel 'Evan Harrington' and an inspiration for Tennyson's The Princess. They moved to Esher in 1851 to a house that was christened 'The Gordon Arms'. Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Sydney Smith, the Carlyles, John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor, Richard Monckton Milnes, Richard Doyle, Caroline Norton, and Tom Taylor often visited the Duff Gordons' household in Esher.