Boy ten Hove was a Dutch artist best known for his caricatures of 1930s jazz players. Born as Barend ten Hove in Vlissingen in 1909, he moved to Hengelo at the age of 7, and then got a job at an advertising firm in Amsterdam at age 20. Around 1931, he moved to Haarlem, where he began to work for the magazines of Catholic publisher De Spaarnestad.
He made many illustrations for Panorama, mainly caricatures of jazz musicians. Ten Hove earned international fame for his jazz drawing, published in Panorama, De Jazzwereld and Algemeen Handelsblad. He also made illustrations for De Radiobode, and contributed to the children's magazines.
Although a protestant himself, he worked for such Roman Catholic children's magazines, such as OKKI, Doe Mee, Sjors and Weekblad voor de Roomsche Jeugd. For the latter, he created one of his first comics, 'Kees Kogel'. In 1937, he created 'Piet en Puk', a comic for Het Kleuterblaadje. He became best known for his contributions to Sjors (the strip 'Jan Klaas'), being one of the first artists for this magazine, together with Frans Piët. After World War II, he left De Spaarnestad and became an advertising artist at NPO in The Hague.
"Why are you crying, son?"
"I built a snowman here yesterday, but I can't find it anymore!"