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Anna Brugh Singer

Anna Singer at her home Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Anna Brugh Singer was born October 30, 1873 to Philip and Annie Brugh of Hagerstown, Maryland. She spent her early years in Hagerstown but was later sent to Baltimore for a cultural education at the Christie Bond School. At Christie Bond’s she further developed her love for art, music, travel, and entertaining, interests that continued throughout her life.

After her marriage to William H. Singer, Jr., she traveled with him in the United States and Europe, making friends with artists and gaining exposure to the artistic world. She quickly began to collect artwork that pleased her. Anna remained an enthusiastic supporter of visual arts even after her husband’s death.

Despite her varied interests, Anna’s affinity for music never waned. When she proposed two additions to the Museum to be completed in 1949, she specified that one have a stage so that the Museum could host concerts. She donated the Museum’s Steinway piano and gave a concert on it at the opening of the new wings. She continued to demonstrate her support of music by furnishing the Singer Memorial Foundation in Laren, Holland (now known as Singer Laren) with a full theater.


Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Collection Location:
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Original Size:
9 x 6 cms

Singer, Anna Spencer Brugh, 1878-1962; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Md.), Anniversaries, etc.; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Md.), History; Art museums, Maryland, Washington County, History; Hagerstown (Md.), history.

Washington County (Md.), 1928-2006

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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