Jeremiah Gurney (American, 1812–1895 Coxsackie, New York)
Image: 11.3 x 8.2 cm (4 7/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation Gift, 2005
Not on view
Jeremiah Gurney was born in New York State and moved to New York City to work in the jewelry trade. He was among the earliest of the city's residents to learn the daguerreotype process and in 1840 opened one of the first portrait galleries on Broadway. Blessed with remarkable technical skills, Gurney created tonally delicate, startlingly three-dimensional portraits such as this study of two sisters. His clientele were New York's cultural elite, not the political and entertainment world catered to by his more illustrious colleague, Mathew B. Brady. Gurney effortlessly established himself, not by soliciting portraits of public figures but simply by producing the finest daguerreotypes in Gotham.
Inscription: Embossed on preserver, BRC: "Journey // 549 Broadway"
(sold, Swann Galleries, April 22, 1994, lot 113]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Old Faces and Places: American Photographs, 1845-1870," February 3, 2004–April 25, 2004.
Voorsanger, Catherine Hoover, and John K. Howat, ed. Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825–1861. New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 232.