Donald Hope

1869–1953

Born in Birmingham, H. Donald Hope worked in the family business of Henry Hope and Sons, [manufacturers of metal windows and their accessories, hothouses, conservatories and central heating], was educated at the Birmingham School of Arts & Crafts, and in 1900 married into the city’s premier political family, the Chamberlains. It was through matrimony that Donald Hope became a part-time director of Kynoch & Co percussion cap manufacturers, and assumed particular responsibility for the Kynoch Press. It was in this role that Hope was able to practice the purist typography of which he was an advocate. It was though the guidance of Hope that the Press established its reputation as a pioneer of this typography in Britain, a reputation that enabled it to grow from an adjunct to the main company to become a printing works in its own right. During his directorship Hope transformed the small jobbing printers into one of the finest printers in the country.