Collection: Henry W Taunt collection

1860 - 1920
Collection containing Photographic and Textual material
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This collection is the work of Henry William Taunt (1842 - 1922), who was an Oxford-based professional photographer.

The photographs were taken in Oxford, Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, with many views along the River Thames, mostly tourist views that Taunt could sell from his shops in Broad Street, and subsequently High Street, Oxford. He also recorded the society around him, in street views and fairs, mills and factories, and in portraits of the wealthy and the agricultural worker. The photography is of a consistently high quality throughout.

The collection provides an excellent record of late nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture, and town and rural life.

Archival History

Received Via : 1: Oxford County Libraries, 1949 (negs, slides and original prints only) 2: Berkshire Archaeological Society/Reading Museum, 09/1997 3: Mrs E Sendall, 06/01/1998

Provenance : Oxford-based professional photographer, author and publisher (1842-1922). Taunt produced numerous illustrated books and guides on the architecture, topography and folklore of Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.

1: Of the 7300 negs transferred in 1949, all are held within the RCHME accessioned negative runs (prints available in "Red Box" collections). Small residue of unaccessioned architectural negs, as well negs of non-architectural subjects and damaged/deteriorated negs. In addition, there are c500 copy prints acquired via Reading Museum (see 2 below)

2: 1150 negs and file prints formerly held by the Berkshire Archaeological Society at Reading Museum. Transferred to the NMR in 1997, given NMR accession numbers.

3: Album donated by Mrs Sendall. Probably compiled by colleague of Taunt. The album represents some of Taunt's earliest photography. Substantial amount of prints were taken by Marsh Bros. of Henley on Thames. (See SEN01)

See 'Henry Taunt Collection' (Collection Files) for further information


This Collection is divided into 7 Series and 3 Child Records
This Collection contains the following materials:
Photograph (Gelatine Print): 29
Photograph (Gelatine Print): 63
Photograph (Inkjet Print): 14,040
Photograph (Lantern Slide): 11
Photograph (Negative): 8,382
Photograph (Print): 8,382
Daybook: 6


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Taunt, Henry W