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Names:
Other: J. Gurney & Son 
Other: Jeremiah Gurney & Sons 
Dates:  1812 - 1895, 21 April
Born:  US, NY, Coeymans
Died:  US, NY, Coxsackie
Active:  US
 
  
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 - 1837Jeremiah Gurney is born in Coeymans, New York enters into jewelry trade as a youth, works in Little Falls, NY.
1837Opens a jewelry shop in NYC.
1839Gurney obtains literature and is tutored on the daguerreotype process by Samuel FB Morse.
1840Gurney opens his first studio at 189 Broadway.
1852Gurney sick with mercury poisoning.
 
August 1852; Gurney purchases Jesse Harrison (J.H.) Whitehurst's gallery at 349 Broadway (corner Leonard street).
1853Gurney wins the (Edward & Henry T.) Anthony Prize Pitcher for his whole plate (6 1/2 X 8 1/2) portrait of his daughter.
1855Gurney wins The American Institute Gold Medal for Best Photographs and Daguerreotypes.
1856Gurney publishes 24 page pamphlet "Etchings on Photography".
1857Jeremiah brings his son Ben into the business.
1858Gurney has his own building constructed at 707 Broadway.
1860Gurney publishes "The Royal Album", 11 individual portraits of the British royal family.
1862Gurney publishes "The House of Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States" published by T. Portershaw, NY.
1865Benjamin 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.
1868Benjamin Gurney serves on committee for first national convention of photographers held April 7th & 8th at NY's Cooper Union.
1869Gurney opens studio at 108 Fifth Avenue, NY
1874Jeremiah Gurney patent #157,510 December 8, 1874 - Improvement in Process of Coloring Enameled Photographs".
1874J. Gurney & Son establishment is dissolved.
1875Benjamin closes Fifth Avenue studio, opens studio at 872 Broadway (between 18th & 19th streets).
 
Jeremiah opens studio at 788 Broadway.
1879Jeremiah travels to Europe.
Late 1870'sBenjamin is working at Napoleon Sarony's studio.
1884Jeremiah establishes last studio at 770 Broadway.
1895Jeremiah 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.

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 
  
 
  
 
  
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