“Warranted to Give Satisfaction”: Daguerreotypes by Jeremiah Gurney

June 12, 2020 - June 6, 2021

In 1840, Jeremiah Gurney abandoned his career as a jeweler to establish one of New York City’s first daguerreotype studios. Despite vigorous competition from rivals such as Mathew Brady, Gurney soon developed his reputation as a leading camera artist whose works were “nearer to absolute perfection” than those of other daguerreotypists. Widely admired for the beautiful, hand-tinted images produced in his studio, Gurney continued to make daguerreotypes until the latter half of the 1850s. This exhibition will feature a selection of daguerreotype portraits by Jeremiah Gurney from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum alongside works from several private collections.

This exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard.