Henry Taunt

(1842—1922) photographer

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(1842–1922), Oxford-based English photographer and postcard publisher. The son of a plumber, Taunt took his first photograph c.1858 and went into business as a general photographer in 1868. His wet-plate views of Oxford and the Thames (taken on expeditions in a specially equipped boat) soon attracted praise and many were included in his book A New Map of the River Thames (1872). Together with Taunt's celebrated lantern lectures, this doubtless contributed to the growth of tourism along the Thames at a time when communications were improving and the river itself was becoming cleaner and better regulated. Taunt also had a successful practice as a photographer of the Oxford social and sporting scene, and in 1889 leased extensive new premises in the Cowley Road. From the mid-1890s onwards, however, the firm faced increasing competition—for example, from German postcard companies—and other problems, and declined during the First World War. The manuscripts of Taunt's many publications, and some of his photographs, are held at the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, Oxford.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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