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 Elizabeth Bullock (Lizzie) Humphrey  (1841 - 1889)



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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: holiday card designs, regional landscape painting, child figure drawing

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Elizabeth B Humphrey
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Smiling girl holding holly
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Illustrator and landscape painter, Elizabeth B. Humphrey was born on May 13, 1841 in Millbury, Massachusetts, growing up there until 1849, when the family moved to Hopedale, Massachusetts.  She painted well-regarded New England landscapes, and made popular drawings of children. But she was best known for her association with the Louis Prang Company of Boston, for whom she produced chromolithographs, illustrations and Christmas card designs. These best-selling cards won awards in 1881, 1882 and 1884. She created illustrations for magazines such as Wide Awake, and for fourteen books between 1869-1884, including three books with western illustrations.

In Albert D. Richardson's Beyond the Mississippi, 1869, Humphrey illustrated four depictions of Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, and Utah from the 1850s and 1860s. In The Great Bonanza, 1876, by Oliver Optic, the artist illustrated articles on silver and gold mining. Humphrey's contribution to Amanda B. Harris's Wild Flowers and Where They Grow, 1882, included sixty pictures of indigenous flora of the West. Humphrey made at least one trip to California during the mid-1880s.

She received a certificate in Drawing and Painting from Still Life in 1864, and a diploma, in 1867 from Cooper Union's Female School of Art, in New York. She also studied with eminent landscape painter Worthington Whittredge in New York. In 1869, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she lived for twenty years, before declining health saw her go to Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1889, where she would die on April 3rd of that year at only forty-seven years of age.

Humphrey exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
In 1887, she showed such specific works as Spanish Quarter, Santa Barbara, California and At Santa Barbara, California at the American Watercolor Society, New York. She also exhibited a Santa Barbara canvas at a Boston Art Club show at that time.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West

Biography from National Museum Of American History:
Humphrey, Elizabeth Bullock (1841-1889).

A painter and illustrator, Humphrey, known as Lizbeth or Lizzie, was born in Millbury, Massachusetts, and studied drawing and painting at Cooper Union in New York City in the 1860s. She illustrated books for several publishers, and by the 1880s was designing prints, Christmas cards, and trade cards for the Boston lithographer Louis Prang. One of the firm's most productive artists, she won several Christmas card competitions.

Following her death in 1889, Prang produced a memorial volume of her most popular designs, "Child Life: A Souvenir of Lizbeth B. Humphrey"
(Boston: L. Prang, 1890).

Helena E. Wright,WITH PEN & GRAVER: WOMEN GRAPHIC ARTISTS BEFORE 1900. (Washington: National Museum of American History, 1995)

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