Cataloging her honeymoon purchases led to an abiding fascination with military life - real as well as symbolic. When Mrs. Brown died in 1985, she left a major collection of military prints and history, which now resides in the John Hay Library.
"Mrs. Brown was particularly fascinated by the Napoleonic wars," points out curator Peter Harrington. (Her 1961 book Anatomy of Glory, a translation of Napoleon et la Garde Imperiale, by Commandant Henry Lachouque, has been reprinted three times.) "She commissioned this scene of the retreat from Moscow," says Harrington, pointing out a tiny hand, bloody beneath the snow. Beside it the proud little armies bought on Anne's honeymoon seem like a young child's dream of war.