The Collection of Andre and Nancy Brewster
Freeman’s is pleased to offer an exceptional single owner auction of property from the Estate of Andre and Nancy Brewster of Maryland, both respected activists and philanthropists. Married in 1945 and described as an “inseparable couple” who shared many common interests, they passed away earlier this year—Andre at age ninety in February and Nancy a week later on her ninety-first birthday. Highlights of their prestigious collection of art include works by Eugène Boudin, Jules Achille Noël, Edward Seago, Ogden Pleissner, and Donald Teague, as well as examples of Regency, Federal, and Chippendale furniture.
Andre Brewster—whose family tree includes Benjamin Franklin and the late Maryland Senator Daniel B. Brewster—was a man of numerous accomplishments. He served in the Marine Corps in both World War II and the Korean War, leaving the armed forces as a first lieutenant. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Brewster was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1949, becoming a highly successful attorney and trusted advisor. As a managing partner at Piper & Marbury, he represented some of Baltimore’s major corporations and businesses and was responsible for expanding the firm from fifty to three-hundred-and-fifty lawyers, before retiring at age seventy-one. In addition to his prominent law career, Brewster served as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and was a board member of its hospital from 1981 to 1986. An avid sportsman, he was a well-known owner of winning steeplechase horses and a golfer, a hobby that he enjoyed together with his wife.
Nancy Brewster was equally accomplished. Noted as a skilled and knowledgeable horticulturist, she maintained the artfully landscaped gardens at her own 165-acre country home, and was involved with a diverse range of projects at many arboretums and other gardens. She co-authored a book titled “Plants that Merit Attention: Volume 1, Trees” published in 1984, and was a director of the Friends of the National Arboretum and The Garden Club of America, the latter which awarded her their Medal of Achievement in 2004.
Mr. and Mrs. Brewster worked together on many fronts, including sharing a goal to preserve natural wild lands. Andre was a founder and board member of Baltimore County’s Land Preservation Trust, and Nancy was an active volunteer and benefactor of the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland. Along with their shared passion for social service, land preservation, and golf, the couple also shared a keen interest in fine art. They created a superb collection of important works by respected European and American artists, a legacy which can now continue to enrich the lives of others and which we are proud to continue.