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Henry Brice (1831-1903) of Exeter
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Henry Brice was born c. 1831 at Lyme Regis, Dorset, a son of James & Catharine BRICE. His father was a tailor and hair cutter, while his mother was a school mistress. In 1855 Henry married Harriet VAUGHAN 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. In 1861 the census describes him as a portrait painter. Ten years later, he was shown as a "photographer and portrait painter". Scott gives the following dates and addresses:

It is not known, however, how long he continued in the photographic business, because subsequent censuses merely show him as a portrait painter. Henry died at Exeter in 1903. 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 Henry Brice and his studio, or if you have any photographs by him, 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.
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type I
probably used in the
late 1860s & early 1870s
Brown, ornate frame with angel,
cherubs, ribbon, ornate initials
and 3 fonts, by Deposť.

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Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: hbrice01
Source: Exeter Album, Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Henry Brice, of 241 High Street, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 106 mm; Photo 59 x 93 mm)
Card Type: Type I (brown) - ornate frame with angel, cherubs and ribbon, ornate initials, and 3 fonts, by Deposť.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1867-1871
Notes: Thin card. Square corners.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her late teens or 20s. Three-quarter length seated portrait with writing table and books


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

Trade Directory entries

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Many thanks to Arranroots for kind contribution of information.

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