Catalogue description Henry W Taunt collection

This record is held by Historic England Archive

Details of HWT01
Reference: HWT01
Title: Henry W Taunt collection

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.


The NMR holds almost all known surviving Taunt glass plate negatives. Digital images from these and from original prints held by the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies form part of the Viewfinder database on the English Heritage website. Photographs with an HT prefix are not held by the National Monuments Record.


Further Taunt material is held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


Colour or black and white: Black and white


Paper Size: 8 x 13 in


Photographer: Henry W Taunt

Date: 1860 - 1920
Related material:

See Also SEN01

Held by: Historic England Archive, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical description: 8382140401162963 Negative (Glass photographic plate)Inkjet print (General/ordinary paper)Lantern slide (Glass photographic plate)Daybook (General/ordinary paper)Gelatine printGelatine print
Restrictions on use:

Copyright: Reproduced By Permission Of English Heritage. National Monuments Record

Access conditions:


Custodial 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 Taunts 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

Unpublished finding aids:

Negs and prints comprehensively annotated by number and subject. Slides comprehensively annotated by subject. Negs and prints identifiable by subject index in number order.

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