James Good Tunny

Early Negatives

Notes from the North

In his regular column in the British Journal of Photography,  "Notes from the North", John Nicol wrote in 1876:

"Do all photographers varnish their negatives?  I had supposed so till a few days ago, when I called on Mr Tunny and found him  -  well not in the most amiable of moods.

He had taken to overhauling of his earlier negatives, some of which are, or ought to be of considerable value; but most of them are almost ruined by oxidation of the metallic deposit, or by scratching, and many have suffered from both causes.

The fact seems to be that previous to 1860, or thereabouts, Mr Tunny had, for some forgotten reason, left his negatives unvarnished, the result being the above-mentioned partial, and in some cases total, destruction of valuable property, and the consequent half-application of sundry epithets so far from complimentary that I would not advise anyone to try it on in the same way."

[BJP:  29 September 1876 ,p464]



James Good Tunny





Maine to California



Collections and For Sale

Early Negatives

Tunny &  Rodger

William Miller



Mrs Tunny

Edinburgh Views

Princes Street  1850s

Princes Street   c1880

Shakespeare Square



Early Days


Studio 1852

Studio 1876

JG Tunny & Co

Tunny & Asher

Family Photos

Cartes de Visite

A carte de visiet by James Good Tunny  -  1860-1870

Cabinet Prints

The back of a cabinet print by James Good Tunny  -  13 Maitland Street + 19 Salisbury Place  - Lady wearing a hat


Here is a link to a web page that gives details of a book, written and published in 2009 by Julian Bukits, on the life and work of James G Tunny

Cover of a book 'A Study of James G Tunny - 1820-1887'  by Julian Bukits