Before she became primarily known as Humphrey
Miss Humphrey was recognized as an illustrator of
children's books. As early as the 1890's, she
greeting cards and fashion magazines, as well as painting portraits of
socialite children. Into the 1920's, her advertising designs
Insurance and Ivory Soap, and her artwork graced the covers of Harper's and Century magazines. Several series of her illustrations of children were
published as postcards, beginning around 1908.
the record, the baby illustration used to advertise Gerber Baby Food
was not drawn by Maud Humphrey and it is not an infant Humphrey Bogart
her portrait of him was used on the label of a different brand,
Mellins Baby Food). The actual Gerber Baby sketch was the work of
Dorothy Hope Smith
in 1927, capturing her neighbor, 4-month old Ann Cook, at her cutest.