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Owen Angel (c1821-1909) of Exeter
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Owen Angel was born c. 1821 at Totnes, Devon. He married Mary Ann Brimacombe at Exeter in 1843. They had a daughter and three sons, although only their daughter Marian Angel (1844-1883) survived to adulthood. She married a land surveyor George Heath (1840-1905), and lived at Bedford Circus, near Exeter.

Owen ANGEL b. c.1821 Totnes DEV d. 1909 Exeter DEV m: 1843 Exeter DEV Mary Ann BRIMACOMBE b. c.1821-1822 Sowton DEV
|- Marian ANGEL b. c.1844 Exeter DEV d. 1883 Exeter DEV m: George O. HEATH b. 1840 Totnes DEV d. 1905 Exeter DEV
---|- George O. HEATH b. c.1866 Totnes DEV
---|- Stanley HEATH b. c.1867 Exeter DEV
---|- Cecil Hayward HEATH b. 1870 St Thomas, Etwick DEV m: Eleanor J. b. c.1868 St Pancras LON
------|- John A.O. HEATH b. c.1898 Lambeth LON
---|- Beatrice Angel HEATH b. 1873 Exeter DEV m: 1898 Exeter DEV Arthur Row PARKHOUSE b. c.1853 Tiverton DEV
------|- Arthur C. PARKHOUSE b. c.1899 Lambeth LON
------|- Dorothy M. PARKHOUSE b. c.Jan 1901 Lambeth LON
---|- John Lennox HEATH b. 1874 Exeter DEV d. 1907 Exeter DEV
---|- Lilian Rachel HEATH b. 1876 Exeter DEV d. 1883 Exeter DEV
---|- Violet Amy HEATH b. 1877 Exeter DEV
---|- Marguerite Florence HEATH b. c.1879 Exeter DEV
---|- Ivy Evelyn C. HEATH b. c.1883 Exeter DEV
|- Owen ANGEL b. 1846 Exeter DEV d. 1847 Exeter DEV
|- Owen ANGEL b. 1848 Exeter DEV d. 1865 Exeter DEV
|- Leonard ANGEL b. 1850 Exeter DEV d. 1854 Exeter DEV
Owen Angel started working in Exeter in the early 1840s as an engraver and a printer, became a lithographer in about 1846. The 1851 Census, taken in early April, shows him living at 94 Fore Street, and working as a "lithographer employing 3 men and 6 apprentices." Scott (1985) shows him at 92 Fore Street in August 1852. By January 1855 he had added photography to his repertoire, advertising "daily photographic portraits" in the Trewman's Exeter Flying Post, and listed additional premises at 1 Market Street. Later that year, in August, 5 High Street was shown as his address, and another listing shown him as "photographer to the Exeter School of Art and the Cornwall Photographic Society." In 1859 and 1860, he advertised in the Western Counties Herald and Bridgwater Mercury, listing premises at 5 High Street.

In April 1861, the census shows both his wife Mary Ann Angel and his eldest daughter Marian Angel assisting in the studio. In addition, they had a young woman, Jane Lane Alorus, working as an artist. From 1861 until about 1889, the studios were situated in premises at 11 High Street and at 13 (later 6) Arcade, Exeter, although he and his wife lived first at Etwick Road, St Thomas and later at 80 Black Boy Road, St Sidwell, Exeter. A carte de visite from the late 1880s (see image #oangel05 below) shows that there was also a studio at 16 High Street. By 1893, the studio premises appears to have moved to 21 Longbrook Street, and then to 25 Mount Dinham, St David's Hill in the following year. He appears to have remained in business until at least 1903, and died at Exeter in 1909.


If you have any further information about Owen Angel 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.
CARD TYPES
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Type I
Used c. mid- to late 1860s
Cherubs w. twig & scroll frame
and three fonts
Red ink on white card
11 High Street studio
Type II
Used c. mid-1870s
Diagonal signature
two fonts
Violet ink on white card
Type III
Used c. early to mid-1880s
Scrolls & ivy, "four medals"
semi-ornate initials & five fonts
Black ink on white card
High Street studio
Type IV
Used c. late 1880s
Vertical text, three fonts
Brown ink on white card
16 High Street studio

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: oangel01
Source: Exeter Album, Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Owen Angel, of 11 High Street, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 100.5 mm; Photo 60.5 x 96 mm)
Card Type: Type I (red on white) - cherubs and twig & scroll frame, three fonts.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1866-1869
Notes: Thin card with square corners. Lower corners clipped and bottom of card trimmed. Inscribed, "Minnie Horwill" on the reverse.
Subject: Minnie Horwill (or Horwell), probably in her 20s or early 30s, full length standing portrait with chair, table, vase and flowers.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: oangel02
Source: Exeter Album, Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Owen Angel, of Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 64 x 102.5 mm; Photo 59 x 96 mm)
Card Type: Type II (violet on white) - diagonal signature and extra text, two fonts.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1872-1876
Notes: Thin card with square corners. Top of card trimmed. Inscribed, "Polly Richards" on the reverse.
Subject: Polly Richards, probably in her 20s, head-and-shoulders cameo portrait.

Image © & Collection of Roger Vaughan Image © & Collection of Roger Vaughan ID #: oangel03
Source: Elsie Seymour's Album, Collection of Roger Vaughan
Artist: Owen Angel, of Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III (black on white) - scrolls & ivy, "four medals," semi-ornate initials, five fonts. Mount by "Abraham, London."
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1882-1886
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her 20s, head-and-shoulders vignetted portrait.

Image © & Collection of Roger Vaughan Image © & Collection of Roger Vaughan ID #: oangel04
Source: Collection of Katherine Southall
Artist: Owen Angel, of 16 High Street, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type IV (brown on white) - vertical text, three fonts.
Date: Undated, probably c. 1889-1893
Notes: Rounded corners.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her 20s, and probably from the Blowey or Spry families originating from around Buckland Monachorum in Devon; three-quarter length standing portrait.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Indexed 1841- 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
A history of the book in Devon, from the Devon County Council Local Studies Service
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

Pigot & Co.'s Directory of Berks, Bucks, Devon etc. (1844)
- Angel Owen, engraver and printer, Queen street, Exeter

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, by William White (1850)
- Angel Owen, engraver & lithographer, 94 Fore street, Exeter

Exeter Journal & Almanack (1850)
- Angel Owen, engraver, 94 Fore street, Exeter

Exeter Journal & Almanack (1851)
- Angel Owen, engraver, 94 Fore street, Exeter

Slater's Directory of Berks, Corn, Devon (1852-53)
- Angel Owen, engraver and printer, 92 Fore st, Exeter

Exeter Journal & Almanack (1853)
- Angel Owen, engraver, 92 Fore street, Exeter

Exeter Journal & Almanack (1854)
- Angel Owen, engraver, 92 Fore street, Exeter

Exeter Journal & Almanack (1855)
- Angel Owen, engraver, 92 Fore street, Exeter

Exeter Pocket Journal & Almanac (1857)
- Angel O. photographer, Bampfylde street, Exeter

West of England & Trewman's Pocket Journal (1858)
- Angel O. photograph. artist, Bampfylde street, Exeter

West of England & Trewman's Pocket Journal (1859)
- Angel O. photograph. artist, Bampfylde street, Exeter

Western Counties Herald and Bridgwater Mercury (1859)
- Angel, Owen, 5 High Street (opposite Castle Street), Bridgewater, Somerset

Western Counties Herald and Bridgwater Mercury (1860)
- Angel, O. 5 High Street (opposite Castle Street), Bridgewater, Somerset

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon (1878-1879)
- Angel Owen, photographer, 11 High street h. 80 Black Boy road, St Sidwells, Exeter

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1889)
- Angel Owen, photographer/photographic artist, 11 High street h. 80 Black Boy Rd. St. Sidwells, Exeter

History, Gazetteer, and Directory of the County of Devon, William White (1890)
- Angel Owen, photographer, 80 Black Boy Rd. St. Sidwells, Exeter

Kelly's Directory of Devon & Cornwall (1893)
- Angel Owen, photographer, 21 Longbrook st, Exeter

Besley's Post Office Directory of Exeter & Suburbs (1894-95)
- Angel Owen, 25 Mount Dinham, St David's Hill, Exeter

Post Office Directory of Exeter (1895-96)
- Angel Owen, 25 Mount Dinham, St David's Hill, Exeter

Besley's Exeter Directory & Business Guide (1906-11)
- (1906) Angel Owen, 25 Mount Dinham, St David's Hill, Exeter
- (1909) Angel Owen, 25 Mount Dinham, St David's Hill, Exeter


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to John Boyland, Katherine Southall and Roger Vaughan for kind contributions of images and information.


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