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Victor Prevost

Jeremiah Gurney’s Daguerrean Gallery at Broadway and Leonard Street


Modern gelatin silver print from waxed-paper negative 

12 1/2 × 10 in. (31.75 × 25.4 cm)

The New-York Historical Society, PR56.21.1854.1

French immigrant artist Victor Prevost documented the rapidly changing built environment of New York using Gustave le Gray’s method of waxed-paper negative (calotype) photography. Among Prevost’s many views of the new business façades on Broadway were the daguerrean studios of his more commercially successful friends and colleagues, such as this one belonging to Jeremiah Gurney. Although Prevost’s photographs rarely featured people or traffic, the partially-visible carriage in front of the gallery suggests the bustling street life of Broadway.

Virginia Fister