American artist Maud Humphrey was born in 1868 and died in 1940. She started illustrating children’s books as a teenager in Rochester, New York. She specialised in illustrations of children.
By 1900 she was one of the highest-paid commercial illustrators in America. Clients included Ivory Soap, Elgin watches, and the publishers of the Mother Goose rhymes.
At age 30 she married a doctor, Belmont Deforest Bogart. You may recognise the name of their son, Humphrey Bogart.
THE HILLMAN’S HOIST OF AUSTRALASIA
New Zealand and Australian yards are well-known for the Hillman’s Hoist, a rotary clothesline which can be wound up and down.
New Zealand painter Nigel Brown makes sure to include the Hillman’s Hoist in his depictions of suburban New Zealand.
Header illustration: Early Spring by Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979) oil on board
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