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