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Taunt, Henry William

Henry William Taunt (1842–1922, christened Wiliam Henry Taunt) was a British photographic pioneer, author, cartographer & publisher based in Oxford who carved out a niche in local travel guidebooks (including the first illustrated pocket guide to the Thames), photographs, postcards and maps of Oxford and the Thames Valley. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1893 in recognition of the delightful feat of cartography that was his "New Map of the River Thames", which contained 33 sectional maps of the course of the river from source to London, each with the river hand coloured in blue and illustrated with tiny photographs individually pasted into position. He had an important role in stimulating the Victorians' love affair with the river. The New York Times considered Taunt's guides to the Thames to be "as essential as the boat for a successful journey". He took the famous picture of Winston Churchill's initiation into the Ancient Order of Druids at Blenheim Palace.