German 1838-1890 Carl Heinrich Hoff, the Elder, was a genre painter, born in Mannheim. He was schooled 1855-1858 with J.W. Schirmer and Des Coudres at the School of Fine Art in Carolsruhe. From 1858-1861 he trained at the Düsseldorf Academy. His travels took him to France, Italy, Greece and England. He became a professor of the Academy. Hoff exhibited in Berlin, Vienna, London, Munich and Melbourne, winning numerous medals for his work.