Jeremiah Gurney Older Gentleman with Interesting Tie and Watch Chain
Medium Daguerreotype (1/2 plate)
Mount in full leatherette case
Photo Date 1850c Print Date 1850c
Dimensions 0 x 0 in. (0 x 0 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
In original paper seals with resilvered back. Mat stamped "J. Gurney, 349 Broadway".
Taught the secrets of the daguerreotype by Samuel Morse in 1839, Gurney initially turn his jewelry shop into a studio. Considered the first photographic studio in America, Jeremiah Gurney opened a daguerreotype gallery in New York City in 1840 at 189 Broadway and continually exhibited his work in local fairs for the next decade. In 1851 he exhibited at the international exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London.
After owning a succession of galleries in Brooklyn, Gurney settled into a gallery at 349 Broadway in Manhattan, where he remained for more than a dozen years. Gurney's Daguerreian Gallery was a celebrated success, featuring "reception saloons," or galleries, with portraits of "Distinguished Persons of the Age" that had been photographed at the studio. His establishment at 349 Broadway in New York "consisted of nine spacious rooms, devoted exclusively to this art."
Keeping up with new developments in photography, he began to use paper processes almost exclusively around 1853. Gurney was briefly associated with several partnerships in New York, including one with his son Benjamin from 1860 until 1874. His business flourished and in 1858 he built a three-story white marble studio at 707 Broadway to house his pictures, and it was the first building built for the sole purpose of photography in the United States.
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