RARE original prints of images taken in Oxford by Victorian photographer Henry Taunt are on display in the city.

More than 130 pictures from the 1850s to 1900s by Taunt and other early photographers are on show at Sanders of Oxford in High Street.

They depict university buildings, parks and cobbled streets, with scenes include the Ashmolean Museum, Magdalen Tower and the view from Folly Bridge.

Gallery manager Phil Marston said: “It’s very interesting to see how little Oxford has changed since the Victorian times.”

Henry Taunt was born in St Ebbe’s in 1842 and became a professional photographer capturing hundreds of images of Victorian Oxford and the surrounding area.

He was also responsible for producing a pioneering pocket guide with photographs of the River Thames.

He was considered at the cutting edge of photography for his skilful use of tents, tripods. He was also hailed for using water to instantly develop images.

Mr Marston said: “Although Taunt was a prolific photographer it’s very rare to have a collection of this size.”

He said he believed it was the largest collection of original Taunt photographs to go on public display.

He said: “The job of bringing the collection together was made more difficult by the fact most photos were not signed or dated.”

Experts looked at paper type and buildings in the photographs to date them.

By the middle of the 1860s, there were 17 photographers working in Oxford, providing portraits, views and sporting scenes. The photographs, which are all for sale, were acquired at auctions, book fairs and from other dealers.

The exhibition runs until Thursday, March 31.

For more details, call 01865 242590 or see the website sandersofoxford.com