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Jacket cover of 'The Thames Revisited, …in the Footsteps of Henry Taunt' published by Francis Lincoln Ltd Publishers, reproduced by permission of Francis Lincoln Ltd Publishers

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…in the Footsteps of Henry Taunt

• ISBN: 978071127651

Henry Taunt was one of the most innovative and prolific of Victorian photographers. Working mainly in and around Oxford, he found his favourite subject in the River Thames. He went on to capture its astonishing variety in thousands of glass plate negatives, portraying the natural beauties of the river itself and its landscape, the historic houses, bridges and other riverside buildings which mark its progress, and its place as a playground for Victorian oarsmen, fishermen and other lovers of outdoor life. Taunt's photographs present a matchless picture of late-Victorian Britain.

Present-day photographers Graham Diprose and Jeff Robins have selected some seventy of Taunt's finest photographs and, revisiting the sites, have recorded the same views using techniques that are at the cutting edge of today's digital technology. These they have woven in with the originals, which are reproduced with meticulous care. Alongside runs a commentary drawn from Taunt's own numerous guidebooks. The result is a book of extraordinary beauty and power, which at once evokes a vanished world and captures the contemporary beauty of a timeless landscape.

An exhibition of the project … in the Footsteps of Henry Taunt was launched at the River & Rowing Museum in Henley in October 2007 and tours to a number of prestigious UK museums and galleries throughout 2008-2012.

The project has English Heritage, Oxfordshire County Council and the River and Rowing Museum, Henley as Official Partners and carries the endorsement of The Environment Agency (River Thames).



Outline of the River Thames: the area covered by Henry Taunt’s documentary photographs and maps from the source at Thames Head to the Houses of Parliament