Gerard Hoffnung (1925 - 1959)

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About Gerard Hoffnung

<The Times September 29, 1959>


Mr. Gerard Hoffnung, 34-year-old artist, humorist, musician and broadcaster, died suddenly in hospital at Hampstead yesterday. He was 34.

He was born in 1925, the son of Ludwig Hoffnung, educated at Highgate School and started life as a schoolmaster. Later he became a free-lance artist and cartoonist illustrating books and drawing for "Punch". Five books of his musical cartoons have been published and the sixth "Hoffnung's Acoustics" is due to appear next month. Earlier this year he published a book of non-musical cartoons.

Hoffnung became widely known also for imaginative music festivals given at the Royal Festival Hall in 1956 and 1958 in which both instruments and players departed from the orthodox with startling and amusing results.


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Gerard Hoffnung's Timeline

March 22, 1925
September 28, 1959
Age 34