Historical records matching Lucy Audubon
About Lucy Audubon
Lucy Green Bakewell lived for a few years in Crich, probably in the Mansion House according to the recollections of of Miss Mary Brown recorded in New York during 1902 when she was aged eighty-seven.
Lucy emigrated with her family to America where she married John James Audubon in 1808. Her husband went on to become of the worlds best illustrator of birds. Audubon’s great masterpiece was The Birds of America, published in London by R. Havell & Son, 1827-1838. This four-volume elephant folio set achieved Audubon’s goal that the birds should be shown life size, in action and in appropriate settings. The Birds of America was a popular and lucrative success, earning Audubon a place among the great American artists of the nineteenth century. There is hardly a library in any stately home in England which does not have a copy of Audubon's work.
Mary Brown's recollection:
A little farther on the street, and on the same side, is a house fronting on the street, with walks and shrubs on two sides. That was Mr. Saxton's house, and a building in the rear had been fixed with outside steps for a schoolroom, and an elder Miss Saxton taught for many years. That house had been the house of Mr Bakewell's family (our Mrs Audeben's parents). Miss Lucy Bakewell was about six years older than my mother, but she and her sisters were intimate with the family. Mr Bakewell's removal to America was a cause of grief to my mother and her sister, and Miss Lucy wrote letters to my mother for some years afterwards. When I was in my teens, living at Hollins, I often read these letters, written in New Jersey thirty years before. They seemed a sort of romantic story, and now I think Mrs. Lucy Audeben's whole life was a romantic story. Pity these letters were lost when we left England. I wish you could take a picture of that home of Miss Lucy Bakewell. photo of Lucy Bakewell Lucy Audubon (née Bakewell) 1788 – 1874 photo of John Audubon John James Audubon 1785 – 1874
A brief history of Lucy entitled "Lucy Audubon née Bakewell: from a Derbyshire childhood at Crich" has been written by George Wiggleworth, who has given his permission for it to be included on this site. Download the book
The 1826 John James Audubon, wrote an account of his journey to England and Scotland to arrange the publication of "The Birds of America." In part of the journal he writes about his time at Bakewell (his wife's namesake) and Matlock. Interestingly he recounts that it was in Matlock that Dr Charles Darwin bounced Lucy Bakewell on his knee. audubon journal 202 audubon journal 203 audubon journal 204
Lucy Audubon's Timeline
January 18, 1787
Burton upon Trent, UK
June 6, 1809
November 30, 1812
Henderson, KY, USA
June 19, 1874