Dorothy Hope Smith
She was born in Hyattsville, Maryland to Lincoln B. and Mary L. Smith. She had 2 sisters, Edith and Clare, of which Dorothy was in the middle. In the early 1910s, Dorothy's family relocated to Chicago, where she spent her adolescence.
Dorothy studied illustration at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she met Perry Barlow. They were married February 22, 1922 and honeymooned in France. They moved to New York City after they wed to pursue separate illustration careers. Eventually, the couple worked out of their Westport, Connecticut home.
Dorothy was a commercial illustrator specializing in babies and children. She was one of the "Ivory Soap Baby" illustrators for Procter & Gamble, illustrating children's books for Putnam and several magazine covers.
- Woman's Home Companion August 1925
- Woman's Home Companion September 1934
- Parent-Teacher Magazine April 1935
- Parent's Magazine June 1936
- The Farmer's Wife Magazine December 1936
Dorothy worked regularly from the 1920s until her death in 1955. She was a successful commercial illustrator for many products.
Dorothy's famous Gerber Baby drawing came about through a contest. In 1928, Gerber invited artists to submit drawings of babies for a contest. Dorothy submitted a preliminary charcoal sketch. The sketch was created from a snapshot of Ann Turner, the child of a family friend. Dorothy's unfinished submission was intended more as an inquiry as to what the age of the baby should be and what the ad size would be. Dorothy intended to finish the sketch if accepted. The Gerber Company judges, however, preferred the simplicity of the illustration when compared to other more elaborate entries. Dorothy won $300 in the contest, selling the rights of her drawing to Gerber. Due to its popularity, Gerber officially trademarked the drawing in 1931.
Dorothy's husband, Perry Barlow was a cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, drawing 135 covers over the years in addition to many cartoons. He also contributed work to Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post and others. Because Perry was partially colorblind, his wife Dorothy helped with the color process of his work. Dorothy and Perry had 2 sons, Collins and Peter. Peter's child is Dorothy's only granddaughter. Dorrie carries her namesake, Dorothy "Dorrie" Barlow Thomas.  After Dorothy's death in 1955, their son Peter continued the color treatments to Perry's work.
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