Feb 10, 2022 - Sale 2594

Sale 2594 - Lot 15

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
Three quarter-plate daguerreotypes, including two of siblings wearing plaid and third apparently depicting William Lewis Dayton. Two of the cases show young children wearing identical plaids, each beautifully tinted in delicate red and in the same elegant pose; these both with Gurney's 707 Broadway address stamped on the mat. The third apparently depicting the statesman Dayton, with the Gurney and Fredericks 349 Broadway address on the mat. Each in their brass mats and preservers; in leather cases. 1850s

Additional Details

From the Collection of Pearl Korn.

Gurney was one of the pioneering practitioners of the daguerreotype process, opening the first American photo gallery at 189 Broadway in 1840. His work is known for its fine detail, and for a clientele base from New York City's elite, building a reputation as the city's leading daguerreotypist. In 1851, Gurney founded the American Daguerre Association—the first national organization of photographers.

By the early 1850s, he was housed at 349 Broadway, where he occupied nine rooms. In 1858 he built a three-story studio at 707 Broadway, apparently the first building constructed for the purpose of photography in the United States.

William Lewis Dayton was the first Republican vice-presidential nominee in 1856. Although his campaign was unsuccessful, Dayton proved to be a talented diplomat in his foreign affairs. Following his vice-presidential campaign, Dayton then served as the American ambassador to France. There, he successfully worked against the French recognition of the Confederate States of America. He was later appointed to Minister of France. Dayton served until his death in December of 1864 in Paris, France.