Maud Humphrey

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Maud Humphrey

Maud Humphrey (March 30, 1868 – 1940) was a commercial illustrator, water colorist, and suffragette from the United States. She was also the mother of actor Humphrey Bogart and would frequently use her young son as a model. However, he was not the model for the Gerber baby as some fans thought.[1]

Biography[edit]

She was born in Rochester, New York in 1868 to John Perkins Humphrey and Frances V. Dewey Churchill. She studied at the Art Students League of New York and in Paris at the Julian Academy.[2]

She married Dr. Belmont DeForest Bogart (1867–1934); they had one son, Humphrey, and two daughters.

Maternal cares by Maud Humphrey, c. 1897

She won a Louis Prang and Company competition for Christmas card design and then began working for publisher F. A. Stokes as an illustrator.[3] From the 1890s through the 1920s, her work Included child portraits, "illustrating calendars, greeting cards, postcards, fashion magazines, and more than 20 story books." She earned more than $50,000 a year while her husband's surgical practice brought in $20,000 a year.[4]

E. Richards McKinstry of the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library observed in his article Heres's Looking at You, Maud, that the Gerber Products logo illustration for its strained baby food was not created until Humphrey Bogart was an adult.[5]

Maud Humphrey died in 1940 and was interred in the Columbarium at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale).[6]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Maud Humphrey at Wikimedia Commons