Weinberger was born into a prosperous Jewish family in Berlin, Germany on 7 April 1924. Following the rise of the Nazis his family moved to Czechoslovakia in 1933, but this only brought temporary relief. Weinberger left Czechoslovakia for England with his sister, Ina, on the last Kindertransport in 1939, and after a spell at Amersham college became an apprentice toolmaker. He joined the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment in 1944, and subsequently transferred to the Jewish Brigade where he served in Italy. After the war Weinberger enrolled at Chelsea College of Art, where he studied under Ceri Richards, then moved to Goldsmiths College, but his main influence was fellow emigré, painter Martin Bloch, through whom Weinberger established and developed his signature style and subject matter. Harry Weinberger died in Leamington Spa, England on 10 September 2009. On Weinberger’s artistic lineage, Iris Murdoch considered the Impressionists and Cubists to have been his immediate ancestors, as well as Van Gogh and Matisse, but she concluded that ultimately Weinberger’s vision was always his own.