|Other: J. Gurney |
Other: J. Gurney & Son
Other: Jeremiah Gurney & Sons
|Dates: ||1812 - 1895, 21 April|
|Born: ||US, NY, Coeymans|
|Died: ||US, NY, Coxsackie|
American Daguerreotypist and photographer. Examples of his work were exhibited at the international exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London (1851).
The following table on the life of Jeremiah Gurney is based on:
Peterson, Christian A., 1999, Chaining the Sun: Portraits by Jeremiah Gurney, (University of Minnesota Press)
with additional information provided by Tom McCarty (pers. comm, 8 April 2013)
|1812 - 1837||Jeremiah Gurney is born in Coeymans, New York enters into jewelry trade as a youth, works in Little Falls, NY.|
|1837||Opens a jewelry shop in NYC.|
|1839||Gurney obtains literature and is tutored on the daguerreotype process by Samuel FB Morse.|
|1840||Gurney opens his first studio at 189 Broadway.|
|1852||Gurney sick with mercury poisoning.
August 1852; Gurney purchases Jesse Harrison (J.H.) Whitehurst's gallery at 349 Broadway (corner Leonard street).
|1853||Gurney wins the (Edward & Henry T.) Anthony Prize Pitcher for his whole plate (6 1/2 X 8 1/2) portrait of his daughter.|
|1855||Gurney wins The American Institute Gold Medal for Best Photographs and Daguerreotypes.|
|1856||Gurney publishes 24 page pamphlet "Etchings on Photography".|
|1857||Jeremiah brings his son Ben into the business.|
|1858||Gurney has his own building constructed at 707 Broadway.|
|1860||Gurney publishes "The Royal Album", 11 individual portraits of the British royal family.|
|1862||Gurney publishes "The House of Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States" published by T. Portershaw, NY.|
|1865||Benjamin Gurney photographs Lincoln's body at NYC City Hall. All photographs are confiscated and destroyed by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Stanton keeps one photo for himself. The image surfaces and is brought to the public's attention 90 years later.|
|1868||Benjamin Gurney serves on committee for first national convention of photographers held April 7th & 8th at NY's Cooper Union.|
|1869||Gurney opens studio at 108 Fifth Avenue, NY|
|1874||Jeremiah Gurney patent #157,510 December 8, 1874 - Improvement in Process of Coloring Enameled Photographs".|
|1874||J. Gurney & Son establishment is dissolved.|
|1875||Benjamin closes Fifth Avenue studio, opens studio at 872 Broadway (between 18th & 19th streets).
Jeremiah opens studio at 788 Broadway.
|1879||Jeremiah travels to Europe.|
|Late 1870's||Benjamin is working at Napoleon Sarony's studio.|
|1884||Jeremiah establishes last studio at 770 Broadway.|
|1895||Jeremiah spends his last years in Coxsackie, NY living with his daughter Martha Faris.
Jeremiah Gurney dies on April 21, 1895 in Coxsackie.
|1899|| Benjamin Gurney dies on April 10, 1899 in East Orange, New Jersey.|
|Stereographs project |
New York City, NY, US
[4-8] [Jeremiah Gurney] "Photographed &
Published by.."; 5th Ave. corner of 16th St.;
noted mainly for many fine portraits of famous
people; few of NY Metropolitan Fair of 64; views
of animals on RMs, some dtd. 68; issued few of
Great Eastern; also made SI formats. B. 12;
started in daguerreotypes, 40; D. after 86.
Imprint also seen as "& Son".
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
|Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.|
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