Mr. Samuel “Beau” M. Freeman II, Image courtesy Freeman’s

Freeman’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has sadly announced the passing of the auction house’s chairman, Samuel “Beau” M. Freeman II.

Via Freeman’s: “It is with great sadness that Freeman’s announces the passing of our Chairman, friend, and fearless leader Samuel ‘Beau’ M. Freeman II (1936-2017).

“Representing the sixth generation of the Freeman’s family, Beau has been a staple at Freeman’s since 1958; throughout his career, he was involved in all aspects of the business — from sweeping floors, to appraising Philadelphia clocks and furniture, to carrying his family’s company into the 21st century.

“Perhaps most comfortable behind the auctioneer’s podium with gavel in hand, Beau called an auction at Freeman’s as recently as this past Monday. Donning his trademark bow tie, he was a dynamic figurehead for the company and a true Chestnut Hill gentleman with a steadfast passion for the auction business. Known for his gracious humility, courtesy, effusive charm, and dry wit, Beau was loved by his employees, friends, and family alike. His office was a place where people often stopped for advice, friendly conversation, or simply to hear a lively anecdote from Freeman’s past.

“A native of Philadelphia, Beau attended Germantown Friends School and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1958. Beau enjoyed spending his free time with his beloved wife, Peggy, his four children, and eight grandchildren. He will be deeply missed and ever remembered by those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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