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Type I (brown), ornate frame with angel, cherubs and ribbon, ornate HB, and 3 fonts, by Deposé, probably used in the late 1860s and/or early 1870s © Brett Payne

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Historical Directories from the University of Leicester

Indexed 1871- 1901 Census Images from

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


Many thanks to Arranroots for information.
Brett Payne's Victorian & Edwardian Photo Collection Index to Photographic Artists Index to People identified in the Photographs
Henry Brice (c1831-1903) of Exeter

Henry Brice was born c. 1831 at Lyme Regis, Dorset, and married Harriet HAMES from Halberton, Devon.  They initially lived at Bath, Somerset, where they had at least three children before moving to Exeter between 1858 and 1861.

Henry BRICE b. c.1831 Lyme Regis DOR d. 1903 St Thomas DEV m: Harriet b. c.1829 Halberton DEV d. 1909 St Thomas DEV
|- Annie M. BRICE b. c.1856 Bath SOM
|- Henry C. BRICE b. c.1857 Bath SOM
|- Harriet C. BRICE b. c.1858 Bath SOM
|- Maria BRICE b. c.1861 Exeter DEV
|- Edward J. BRICE b. c.1864 Exeter DEV
|- Alfred S. BRICE b. c.1865 Exeter DEV

According to Scott (1985), Henry Brice intially worked as a colourist for the photographer Owen Angel.  However he was shown as a "photographer and portrait painter" at the time of the 1871 Census, and Brice gives the following addresses and dates for him:
May 1861 : 4 Queen Street
May 1863 : 27 Queen Street
1867 : 241 High Street
Jul 1873 : 3 Lower Summerlands
It is not known, however, how long he continued in the photographic business, because earlier and subsequent censuses only show him as a portrait painter.  His youngest son Alfred became an artist too, describing himself as an "illustrator of periodicals" in April 1891.

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

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ID #: hbrice01
Exeter Album Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Henry Brice, 241 High Street, Exeter
Negative No. none
Size: CDV Mount 63.5 x 106 mm; Photo 59 x 93 mm

Card Type: Type I (brown), ornate frame with angel, cherubs and ribbon, ornate HB, and 3 fonts, by Deposé.
Undated, but probably taken c. 1867-1871
Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her late teens or 20s.  Three-quarter length seated portrait.

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