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Brett Payne's Victorian & Edwardian
Portrait Photo
Collection
Cardstock designs, arranged in approximate date order
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::::: Photographers' Profiles :::::
Type I (gold) - Banner & hanging basket with stylized ivy & flowers border, probably used c.1869-1870 © Brett Payne Type IIa (red) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", and extra text, probably used c. 1870-1872 © Brett Payne
Type IIb (red) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", two studios, and extra text, probably used c. 1870-1872 © Brett Payne Type III (violet on pale lilac card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", two studios, and extra text, probably used c. 1871-1873 © Brett Payne
Type IV (red on buff card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", and extra text, probably used c. 1873-1876 © Brett Payne Type V (black on pale yellow or white card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, four fonts with two ornate initials, and extra text, probably used c. 1874-1876 © Brett Payne
Type VIa (black on yellow card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", and extra text, probably used c. 1876-1878 © Brett Payne Type VIb (black on yellow card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", two studios, and extra text, probably used c. 1878 © Brett Payne
Type VII (brown) - Bamboo, fan & swallows, three fonts with ornate initials, probably used c. 1886-1890 © Roger Vaughan

Trade Directory entries

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon (1878-79)
- Keeping Charles, photographer, Exe bridge (betw 14 & 16 New Bridge Street), Exeter
- Keeping Charles, photographer, Esplanade, Sidmouth

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1889)
- Keeping Charles, photographer, 1 Exe bridge & 12 Holloway street, Exeter

Kelly's Directory of Devon & Cornwall (1893)
- Keeping Charles, 1 Clinton ter. Exmouth

Besley's Exeter Directory & Business Guide (1906-11)
- (1906) Keeping Charles, photographer, 32 Poltimore Square, Exeter
- (1909) Keeping Charles, photographer, 25 Longbrook Street
- (1910) Keeping Charles, photographer, 25 Longbrook Street
- (1911) Keeping Charles, photographer, 25 Longbrook Street

Post Office Directory of Exeter & Suburbs (1912)
- Keeping Charles, photographer, 25 Longbrook Street

Besleys Directory of Exeter & Suburbs (1915)
- Keeping Charles, photographer, 55 Ladysmith Road

Besley's Directory of Exeter and Suburbs (1916-19)
1916 - Keeping Charles, photographer, 55 Ladysmith Road, Exeter
1917 - Keeping Charles, photographer, 55 Ladysmith Road, Exeter
1918 - Keeping Charles, photographer, 55 Ladysmith Road, Exeter
1919 - Keeping Charles, photographer, 55 Ladysmith Road & 96 Paris Street, Exeter


References

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester

Indexed 1871- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com

1881 Census Transcript & International Genealogical Index (IGI) from the LDS Church's web site FamilySearch

Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD

Photographers in Devon 1842-1939 : a brief directory for photograph collectors, by C.G. Scott, 1985, The PhotoHistorian Supplement No. 101, ISSN 0957-0209

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Marcia Penny & Roger Vaughan for kind contributions of images and information.

Brett Payne's Victorian & Edwardian Photo Collection Index to Photographic Artists Index to People identified in the Photographs
Charles Keeping (1842-) of Exeter

Charles Keeping was born in 1842 or 1843 at Lymington in Hampshire.  He married his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Hankins, in about 1861-1862; they had two daughters and two sons before Elizabeth died in 1877.  Charles remarried in 1882 to Ellen Jane Attwater, and they had another three children.

Charles KEEPING (b. c1842-43 Lymington HAM) m1: Elizabeth Anne HANKINS (b. c.1840 Crediton DEV d. 1877 Exeter DEV) m2: Ellen Jane ATTWATER (b. c1859 Southampton DEV)
|- Lavinia "Minnie" KEEPING b. c.1862 Torquay DEV
|- Alice Kate KEEPING b. c.1867 Torquay DEV
|- Alfred KEEPING b. c.1872 Exeter DEV
|- Frederick KEEPING b. c.1874 Exeter DEV
|- Mabel A. KEEPING b. c.1887 Exeter DEV
|- Frank KEEPING b. c.1891 Exeter DEV
|- Edward W. KEEPING b. c.1897 Exeter DEV


Charles Keeping first worked as a photographer in Exeter in about 1870, setting up a studio at New Bridge Street,
after moving there from Torquay between 1867 and 1870. The studio moved to 1, Exe Bridge in 1873.  He appears to have had additional short-lived premises at the Esplanade in Sidmouth (c.1878), 12 Holloway Street, Exeter (1889), Exe Island (1890), 43 St Sidwells, Exeter and Belgrave House, Paignton.  There were also branch studios at Waterloo Road (c.1870-1872) and 62 Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.  By April 1881, the business must have been thriving, because the census of that year shows his daughter Minnie Keeping, sister-in-law Mary Hankins and an employee Blanc Treble, all working as photographic assistants in the shop.  In the mid- to late 1880s, the business was known as the "Exonia Studio".

Between 1891 and 1893, the main shop appears to have moved to 1 Clinton terrace in Littleham, near Exmouth - there is a listing for 1893 of "Keeping & Co." at Imperial Road, Exmouth - but by 1901 he had moved back to Exeter and was living at 7 Ebrington Terrace, St Thomas.  Further changes of premises in Exeter have been found in Exeter trade directories and Scott (1985) as follows:
1902 : 47 Alphington Street, St Thomas
1903 : 48 Paris Street
1905-1906 : 32 Poltimore Square
1907 : 17 Poltimore Square
1909-1912 : 25 Longbrook Street
1915-1918 : 55 Ladysmith Road
1919-1923 : 96 Paris Street

If you have any further information about the various members of the Keeping family and the studio, or if you have any photographs by Charles Keeping, please email me.  I welcome contributions of images to increase the variety of coverage on this site.  If you are able to identify or have an interest in any of the subjects in the photographs shown below, I would also be very keen on hearing from you.

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© Brett Payne
ID #: ckeeping01
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: C. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. 2888
Size: Mount 64.5 x 103 mm; Photo 58.5 x 95.5 mm
Card Type: Type I (gold) - Banner & hanging basket with stylized ivy & flowers border
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1869-1870
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Lower corners clipped, bottom of card trimmed.  Marked "Keeping  / Exeter" on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 30s or 40s, full length portrait with writing table and books
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping06
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. 5823
Size: Mount 63.5 x 106
mm; Photo 58 x 96.5 mm
Card Type: Type IIa (red) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1870-1872
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified girl, probably in her mid- to late teens, three-quarter length seated portrait with table and open book.
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping09
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter & Waterloo Road, Weston-super-Mare
Negative No. 7639
Size: Mount 63.5 x 106
mm; Photo 56.5 x 96.5 mm
Card Type: Type IIb (red) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", two studios, and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1870-1872
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 20s, three-quarter length seated portrait, vignette in oval frame.
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping08
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter & Waterloo Road, Weston-super-Mare
Negative No. 9069
Size: Mount 63.5 x 106
mm; Photo 56 x 97 mm
Card Type: Type III (violet on pale lilac card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", two studios, and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1871-1873
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 40s, three-quarter length seated
vignette portrait.
© Roger Vaughan ID #: ckeeping10
Provenance: Collection of
Roger Vaughan
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter & Waterloo Road, Weston-super-Mare
Negative No. 10295
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III (violet on pale lilac card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "p", two studios, and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1871-1873
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, perhaps in her late teens, three-quarter-length seated vignette portrait.
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping07
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. 16943
Size: Mount 63 x 101
mm; Photo 56 x 95.5 mm
Card Type: Type IV (red on buff card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1873-1876
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her 20s, three-quarter length seated
portrait.
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping02
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. none
Size: Mount 63.5 x 89.5
mm; Photo 55 x 95 mm
Card Type: Type Va (black on pale yellow card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, four fonts with two ornate initials, and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1874-1876
Notes: Thin card. Rounded corners.  Lower corners cut.  Trimmed at bottom.
Subject: Unidentified girl, probably in her early to mid-teens, three-quarter length
portrait.  Probably the same girl (or sister) as in photo below (#ckeeping03).
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping03
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. none
Size: Mount 63 x 100.5
mm; Photo 55 x 95 mm
Card Type: Type Vb (black on white card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, four fonts with two ornate initials, and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1874-1876
Notes: Thin card.  Rounded corners.
Lower Corners cut.  Reverse inscribed "Annie Lewis"
Subject: Annie Lewis, probably in her early to mid-teens, head and shoulders
portrait in oval frame.  Probably the same girl (or sister) as in photo above (#ckeeping02).
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping04
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. none
Size: Mount 63.5 x 101
mm; Photo 56 x 97 mm
Card Type: Type VIa (black on yellow card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1876-1878
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Top of card trimmed.  Not marked on front.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her late 20s or early 30s, head-and-shoulders portrait in oval frame.
© Brett Payne ID #: ckeeping05
Provenance:
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of Esplanade, Sidmouth & 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. 673
Size: Mount 63.5 x 103.5
mm; Photo 54 x 93 mm
Card Type: Type VIb (black on yellow card) - Coat of arms, diagonal name, three fonts with semi-ornate "P", two studios, and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1878
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified woman, probably in her mid-20s, head-and-shoulders profile portrait in raised oval frame.
© Marcia Penny ID#: ckeeping12
Provenance:
Sellek Family Album Collection of Marcia Penny
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of Esplanade, Sidmouth & 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter

Negative No. unknown
Size: Carte de visite (unknown)

Card Type: unknown
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1878
Notes: none
Subject: Caroline "Carrie" Ellen Coxwell (1852-), half-length seated portrait in oval frame.
© Roger Vaughan ID #: ckeeping11
Provenance: Collection of
Roger Vaughan
Artist: Chas. Keeping, of Exonia Studio, 1 Exe Bridge, Exeter
Negative No. 59086
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type VII (brown) - Bamboo, fan & swallows, three fonts with ornate initials.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1886-1890
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her twenties, three-quarter-length standing portrait.
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