Doris Andrews and her husband Sperry were the last residents of Weir Farm. Doris specialized in watercolors and pen and ink. During her lifetime, Doris saw many developments spring up around the farm’s borders, and she became concerned that Weir Farm would also suffer that fate. Along with Cora Weir Burlingham, Doris organized the group, Citizens to Preserve Weir Farm. She also took to her typewriter, writing letter after letter to lawmakers, artists, and art historians, heralding the importance of saving this site. In 1990, Doris achieved her goal when Weir Farm was designated a national historic site. She, and her husband Sperry Andrews, lived out the rest of their years in the house, enjoying the site that she had worked tirelessly to preserve.
Doris Bass Andrews grew up in Kentucky, and studied watercolor painting once she had relocated to New York City. Upon sharing an easel during a class at the Art Students League with fellow student Sperry Andrews, Doris met her future husband. The two were married in 1947 and moved to the Branchville farm ten years later. Although Doris' main focus during her residence was her family and the preservation of the farm, she did continue to paint aspects of the landscape with her watercolors.
Like Dorothy Weir Young before her, Doris vowed to maintain the Weir House and her 12 plus acres in as historical a manner as was possible. She wanted people to experience what life must have been like for Julian Alden Weir and his family, and therefore made no major changes to the house or grounds and lived with all the furniture that was originally in the house. People have often commented that going through the Weir House while Doris lived there was like going through a time warp. This is exactly what Doris wanted.
Doris Andrews Artwork Gallery
Doris Andrews specialized in watercolors and pen and ink. Click to see more of Doris's watercolors.
Sperry Andrews (1917-2005)
During his 48 year residency, Andrews made thousands of paintings of both interiors and exteriors of Weir Farm.
Meet the Artists
Learn about the prominent artists and their family members who lived and worked here.
Last updated: March 1, 2022