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(1868-1940)
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Maud Humphrey (March 30, 1868 – November 22, 1940) was a commercial illustrator, water colorist, and suffragette from the United States. She was the mother of actor Humphrey Bogart and frequently used her young son as a model.

Humphrey 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 Humphrey c. 1897

She won a Louis Prang and Company competition for Christmas card design and then began working for the New York publisher Frederick A. Stokes Company as an illustrator.[1] 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.[3]

E. Richards McKinstry of the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library has addressed rumors that Maud Humphrey used her son as the model for the Gerber Products logo illustration by observing that this illustration was not created until Humphrey Bogart was an adult — and that Maud Humphrey was not the illustrator who created it.[1]

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