HENRY HAVELOCK PIERCE
AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
by Thomas G. Yanul, copyright
In recent years a number of people including historians have attempted to learn more about Eastern-based portrait photographer Henry H. Pierce, aka, H.H. Pierce (1864-1943). One photo historian in particular, the late Peter Palmquist of California, figuratively wrung his hands in disappointment over not being able to even gather the basic facts on this now obscure photographer. Little did Peter know that Pierce's daughter lived in California since 1946. Now many members of the family have been located and information on the family and H.H. himself will be forthcoming on these pages.
Although it will provide a base on the working life of Pierce, the task remains to accumulate archive material/images that pertain to his working life in general. It is hoped that others will partake of this opportunity to add to this archive on what is believed to be a rather notable character in the American photographic field.
LEIGH B. LENCH
Above - from group photo
by M.J. Steffens, c.1915-20
HENRY HAVELOCK PIERCE (1864-1943)
Above,From Wilson's Photographics May, 1911
"Contributors to the Complete Self-Instructing
Library of Practical Photograpy"
Henry Havelock Pierce as "Willem van Heythuyzen
by Franz Halls"
by J.C. Strauss, St.Louis
One of Strauss' "Living Masters" series.
BASIC INFORMATION ON THE PIERCE FAMILY AS FOUND IN THE 1880 U.S. CENSUS. DONE IN THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, MA.
FATHER: JAMES P. PIERCE-BORN 1826, AGE 54, BORN NEW BRUNSWICK, CARPENTER. FATHER & MOTHER'S BIRTHPLACE-ENGLAND.
WIFE: CATHERINE, BORN 1826, AGE 54, BORN N.BRUNS, N.S., HOUSEWIFE, FATHER & MOTHER BORN N.SCOTIA.
SON: JOHN K. PIERCE, AGE 18, BORN 1862, N.SCOTIA, PRESS FEEDER.
SON: CHARLES W. PIERCE, BORN 1863, AGE 17, APPRENTICE PHOTOGRAPHER.
SON: HENRY H. (HAVELOCK) PIERCE: AGE 16, BORN 1864, N.SCOTIA, APPRENTICE PHOTOGRAPHER.
SON: WILLIAM C. PIERCE: AGE 13, BORN 1867, N.SCOTIA, STUDENT.
SON:FRED E. PIERCE: AGE 10, BORN MASSACHUSETTS, STUDENT.
ELIZABETH F. PIERCE: AGE 30, WIDOW, SISTER-IN-LAW (TO JAMES ), DRESSMAKER, FATHER & MOTHER BORN MASS.
OTHERS IN HOUSEHOLD-NOT KNOWN RELATIVES: HARRIET S. WHITMAN, AGE 28, BORN N.SCOTIA, DRESSMAKER.
MARIE E. SCOTT: AGE 35, BORN N. SCOTIA, HOUSE SERVANT, PARENTS BORN N. SCOTIA.
PORTRAIT BY PIERCE, 1909
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