Nests, Eggs, Heartbreak & Beauty

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Art Exhibition at the Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center


In 1876, 29-year-old amateur artist and naturalist Genevieve Jones conceived the idea for a companion publication to Audubon’s Birds of America to depict the nests and eggs of American birds. Her father, who had forbidden her to marry the man she loved, financed the project as a distraction from heartbreak. Her brother, Howard, collected the nests and wrote the text. After completing only five drawings, she died of typhoid fever. Remarkably, her grieving family finished the book. Fewer than 25 copies are known to exist today. Howard Jones’ personal copy was recently given to Mass Audubon, and will highlight this exhibition.


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