The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Seward William Brice, 1846-1914

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1846
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Date of Death: 1914.12.18
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Seward Brice was a lawyer and writer on legal matters. He married Gertrude Berens in 1886. He appears to have known Whistler in the late 1880s.


Brice studied at University College, London and became a barrister and Queen's Counsel. He was appointed a senior member of the British Inns of Court in 1894. Between 1874 and 1898, Brice published works on patent and company law, trademarks and copyright. He was a leading authority in the legal doctrine of ultra vires (meaning to act beyond one's legal authority). He also seems to have been interested in the law in relation to such diverse areas as the rituals of religious worship and railway systems.


Who's Who, 1898; WorldCat database bibliographical search (accessed 21.10.2003).