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Gerard Hoffnung (1925–1959) by Peter Keen, late 1950s ? Peter Keen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist, was born in Grünewald, Berlin, on 22 March 1925, the only child of German-Jewish parents, Ludwig Hoffnung, a wealthy grain merchant, and his wife, Hilde, a widow, whose first husband, Schnabel, was killed in the First World War. His mother was a keen amateur musician and artist who encouraged his artistic talents. From his earliest years he was interested in the macabre—fairy tales, practical jokes, and the comic drawings of the famous German illustrators and caricaturists....

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Jackson, William (1730–1803), musician, painter, and author, was born in Exeter, Devon, on 28 May 1730, the son of an Exeter grocer, also named William Jackson, who squandered his 'little Fortune' (W. Jackson, Short Sketch, 58), became a clerk in the counting-house of ...

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Norgate, Edward (1581–1650), miniature painter, musician, and writer on art, was born in Cambridge, the son of Robert Norgate (d. 1587), master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and vice-chancellor of that university in 1584, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Baker of Cambridge. His father having died ...

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Ray, Sukumar (1887–1923), writer, illustrator, and song composer, was born in Calcutta on 30 October 1887, the son of Upendrakishore Ray, otherwise Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury (1863–1915), a well-known Bengali writer, illustrator, song composer, publisher, and printer, and his wife, Bidhumukhi Devi. His father was a prominent figure in the western-influenced Hindu reform movement known as Brahmoism, which flourished in ...