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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Maine      Known for: town-landscape, coastal marine

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Henry Webster Rice
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Summer Garden, Castine, Maine
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1853  Henry W. Rice was born on the 18th day of May 1853 at Pownal, Cumberland County, Maine

1860  He, age 7, was enumerated on the 1860 federal census of Pownal, Cumberland  County, Maine, listed in the household of his parents,  Henry S. and Mary Rice. The occupation for Henry S. Rice was that of carriage maker.

1870  In the 1870 federal census of Oxford, Oxford County, Maine, Henry W. Rice , age 17, was working in his father's carriage shop.

1880  By 1880, Henry W. Rice had married Cora C. Downs and they were residing at  Hammond Street in Boston. Henry's occupation was  listed as a carriage painter on the 1880 federal census and his mother-in-law, Mary E. Downs, age 52,  was enumerated at his home.  At this time, Henry S. Rice was also residing in Boston and was employed  as a carriage painter.

NOTE: on the 1870 federal census of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, the listing at dwelling # 268, family #291 read, Mary  E. Downs, 43, family physician, born in Maine, Lenwick Downs, 16, son, at home, born in Maine,  Cora Downs, 14, daughter, at school, born in Maine.

1890  In the Boston, Massachusetts Directory for 1890, Henry W. Rice was listed at 9     Harcourt Building, 18 Highland Street, Roxbury, occupation, artist.

1900  At the time the 1900 federal census was enumerated in Boston,  Suffolk County, Massachusetts, the listing read, Henry W. Rice, 47, born May 1853, Maine, artist, Cora C., wife, 44, born January 1856, Maine, Helena, daughter, 17, born July 1882, Massachusetts, at school, Mary E. Downs, mother-in-law, 72 born June 1827, Maine.

1910  On the 1910 federal census of Watertown, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts, Henry W. Rice, was enumerated as 56, artist, landscape, Cora C. wife, 54, Helena, daughter, 27.

1920  According to the 1920 federal census of Watertown, Middlesex  County, Massachusetts,  Henry W. , 54, was residing at the home of  his son-in-law on Hawthorne Street. The listing read, Howard  Hillman, head of household, 45, occupation, advertising, Helena R.,  wife, 37, Henry W. Rice, father-in-law, 65, artist, studio, Cora C. Rice, mother (sic) 63.

1930  When the 1930 federal census was enumerated in Watertown,  Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the census listing read, Howard L. Hillman, 55, salesman, advertising concern. Helena R., wife, 47, Henry W. Rice, father (sic), 75, artist, water color paintings, Cora C. Rice, mother (sic), 74.

1934  Henry W. Rice, son of Henry Sherborn and Mary D. (Randall) Rice, died on 2 May 1934 at the home of his daughter, Helena Hillman, 30 Hawthorne Street, Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Burial was at North Pownal, Maine.

Researched and submitted by Mary Farnham

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Henry Webster Rice was born in Pownal, Maine in 1853.  He was a pupil of Ross Turner and worked in both oils and watercolors, painting genre scenes and landscapes.  However, the majority of his work is marine views of boats and fishermen.

From 1906 to 1934, Rice painted at Fenway Studios.  He took painting trips to Bermuda from 1913 until his death in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1934.  Rice exhibited at the Boston Art Club from 1888 to 1907 and also at the Art Institute of Chicago.

His works can be found in private collections and museums throughout the United States.  The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine each own two of Rice's paintings.  His works can also be found in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine and Washington University in Seattle, Washington.


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