Edward Bracher

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Edward Bracher was a pioneering Victorian photographer based in Oxford, England.[1]

Edward Bracher had photographic premises at 26 High Street, Oxford from 1852 to 1863.[2][3] He worked mainly on portraits and commissioned landscapes, advertising as the "Oxford University Portrait Rooms" with "Portraits takes on Ivory, Paper, and Glass" as well as "Gentlemen's Mansions & Churches Photographed".[4] Bracher lived over the premises with his wife and two children.[5]

Henry Taunt, later another well-known photographer, joined Bracher at the age of 14 as a member of staff in 1856.[6] In 1863, Bracher sold his business to the Oxford booksellers and stationers, Wheeler and Day.[7] The business transferred to 106 High Street, but Henry Taunt stayed at the original premises as photographic manager for a brief period.[5]


  1. ^ Photographers in the High, High Street, Oxford, UK.
  2. ^ Stephanie Jenkins, Oxford Photographers, Oxfordshire-L Archives, 21 February 2004.
  3. ^ Henry W Taunt: the business, English Heritage, UK.
  4. ^ Oxford University Portrait Rooms, Alden's Illustrated Family Miscellany and Oxford Monthly Record, Vol. XI, No. 122, October 1864.
  5. ^ a b The High, Oxford: 24–31, High Street, Oxford, UK.
  6. ^ Bryan Brown (editor), The England of Henry Taunt: Victorian photographer. Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, 1973, page x. ISBN 978-0-7100-7542-0.
  7. ^ Graham Diprose and Jeff Robins, The River Thames Revisited: In the Footsteps of Henry Taunt. Frances Lincoln Publishers, 2007, page 12. ISBN 978-0-7112-2765-1.