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Audubon Embracing Heart Necklace

$ 59.00


I have wished for thee, every day, every moment

This delicate pendant is inscribed with a quotation from John James Audubon's 1827 letter to his wife, Lucy Bakewell Audubon. Audubon's words are wrapped around a softly organic heart shape in polished sterling silver. The lobes of the heart are formed of open arms in a delicate embrace. The pendant, created by the New-York Historical Society, comes in a gift box with historical information on John James Audubon.

Often separated from John James during their 43-year marriage, once for three years, Lucy was the human, emotional center of Audubon's universe. On the occasion of this letter, after a long absence, John James reassures Lucy that he loves her and has never doubted her goodwill towards him.

Audubon's letter read: "I have wished for thee every day, every moment; and yet at my present age I have postponed daily with what thou callest prudence to write for thee positively to come [to England]. I feel quite convinced that it is thy wish to join me. Did I think differently for a moment, my travels would cease and my happiness would be only a vapor." Liverpool, England, 5 December 1827

The New-York Historical Society holds 435 watercolors by John James Audubon preparatory for the double-elephant folio sized The Birds of America, and is the largest single repository of Audubon materials in the world.

Dimensions: .98"
Choose from 18" or 20" sterling silver chain
Made in New York City, USA

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