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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

Boston Prize card



Entered for the fourth and final competition of Prang's Christmas cards in 1884, Humphrey's card won the popular prize by Boston votors and garnered much attention. Known as the "Boston prize card" this card depicts a woman and two children standing before a curtain with a banner draped over it reading "We wish you all the best of Christmas wishes." This simple scene won the people's vote and featured a common scene in American homes at the time; children putting on a performance for family and friends in a parlor.
     Much of Humphrey's work was dedicated to imagery of children. She was known to have used children from her Milford, Massachusetts, neighborhood to model for her paintings. It is believed that the children in this scene are Arthur Draper, Annie Knight, and Humphrey's adopted sister Marjorie.


Boston Prize card


L. Prang & Co.


Humphrey, Lizbeth Bullock, 1841-





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This Item dcterms:subject Item: Good Saint Santa
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