Ada Louisa Jee was the only daughter of the broker Audley Horace Jee and his wife Louisa, née Livesey, of Liverpool.
JW seems to have been fond of Ada Jee and there appears to have been some joke between them concerning the local minister. JW wrote to Frances Leyland in August 1871: 'Please tell Ada Gee that I believe I caught sight of the reverend swell the other day, walking along the Gloucester Road - he appeared to me downcast and from his get up evidently felt that all the "ladies" of his flock had left town!' (#08051). Ada died at Speke Hall later that year on 20 December 1871. On 24 December 1871, D. G. Rossetti wrote to Leyland: 'Just as I was writing this letter, Dr Whistler has come in and told me of the trouble you are all in with the sad incident of poor Miss Jee's death. I need not say how sorry I am to hear of it'. Leyland replied on 26 December 1871: 'Poor Miss Jee's death has cast a sad gloom over the house and I should have been glad to run away for a day or two to town if I could have got away from business.'
'Deaths', Times, London, 28 December 1871; Fennell, Jr., Francis L. (ed.), The Rossetti-Leyland Letters: The Correspondence of an Artist and his Patron, Ohio, 1978, pp. 24, 32.