James Good Tunny


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1.  Early Exhibitions

2.  Photographic Society of Scotland Exhibitions

3.  Other Exhibitions



James Good Tunny

Early Exhibitions

From 1854

James Good Tunny's work began to appear in exhibitions soon after he opened his studio around 1852.

Royal Infirmary Fund, Dundee -  1854

William Miller exhibited work by Tunny:

-  Portraits (collodion)

-  Portrait of Professor Miller (calotype).

So far as I am aware, the second picture above is the only calotype by Tunny to have appeared in exhibition.  All others were collodion, some coloured.

Photographic Society, London  -  1854

Tunny exhibited 19 collodion prints.  Most were portraits of well known Scottish personalities.

British Association, Glasgow

Tunny exhibited 27 collodion prints.  Some were portraits, including portraits of David Octavius Hill,  the late Lord Cockburn and Hugh Miller.  Others were Edinburgh scenes.

Photographic Society, London  -  1855

Tunny exhibited 19 collodion prints. 

-  Some were views of Edinburgh, including a panoramic view.

-  Others were portraits, including a portrait of David Octavius Hill.



James Good Tunny

PSS Exhibitions

1856 to 1864

James Good Tunny exhibited photographs in most of the annual exhibitions staged by the Photographic Society of Scotland - a society that was established in 1856.

1st PSS Exhibition, Dec 1856

Tunny exhibited 42 photographs, mostly portraits, some coloured, some views of Edinburgh, and a set of 7 from a day out titled: 

“A Day’s Shooting”

“Milk Maids”

“Shadow on the Water”

“Thorn on the Foot”

“Wood Girls”

“Bird’s Nest”

“Game Bag

2nd PSS Exhibition, Dec 1857

Tunny exhibited portraits.  The press reported:

"The best coloured photographs exhibited are those from the studio of Mr Tunny - Portrait of Mr McGlashan being the best among the good…. shows that Mr Tunny has produced the best imitations of high class miniatures hitherto produced in Scotland and compared to which the best of Claudet’s specimens are simply daubs"
[Evening News: 26 December 1857]

4th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1859

An entry was sent to this exhibition by Messrs Tunny (rather than Mr Tunny).  Was there another Tunny involved in the business?

The entry consisted of 9  portraits and 1 group titled:  “Female Students”

The Press wrote:

"Nine interesting groups by JG Tunny who may almost be pronounced the father of photography in Edinburgh and whose portraits of eminent men and beautiful landscape scenery fill the portfolios of most of our artists.

Mr Tunny has the true eye of an artist and his photographs have in consequence been always highly valued, not only by the general public but also by members of the artistic profession."
[Evening News:  24 December 1859]

5th PSS Exhibition, Feb 1861

Tunny exhibited 4 frames of portraits:

"Our townsman, J Tunny, has benefited by his change of abode to the lighter region of the New Town.  He sends an excellent frame of portraits inter quos we would call attention to the living and speaking head of Mr Duncan McLaren."
[The Scotsman:  2 February 1861]

6th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1861

Tunny exhibited photographs coloured by Miss Taylor. 

"His group photograph ... a well composed picture of Mr & Mrs Clark and family.  His cartes de visite  are above average quality" 
[The Scotsman:  1/1/1862]

7th PSS Exhibition, Mar 1863

The 7th PSS Exhibition was a Competing Exhibition, rather than a General Exhibition. 

Most of the entrants were the more prominent photographers in Britain.  The only entrant from Edinburgh was JG Tunny.  Referring to one of his entries, the Press wrote: 

"A group of ten figures , which is remarkable for the naturalness of pose and the sharp skilful manipulation throughout".  [British Journal of Photography:  [1 April 1863]

9th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1864

1 portrait and 6 were groups, titled:

“Free Church Training College”

“James Gowan Esq. & Family”

“Scholars, Merchiston Academy”

“Football Club”

“The Merchiston Eleven

3rd and 8th PSS Exhibitions

Thank you to Julian Bukits for for the following observation.

Julian writes:

"You'll notice Tunny's absence from exhibiting in 1858 and 1862. This coincides with the deaths of 1st and 2nd wives in August 1857 and September 1861 respectively."



James Good Tunny

Other Exhibitions

From 1859

British Association, Aberdeen  -  1859

JG Tunny & Co exhibited one collodion print.

Glasgow Photographic Society Exhibition  -  1859

JG Tunny & Co exhibited 18 prints.

Some were portraits.  Others were views in and around Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Photographic Exhibition  -  1890

This exhibition was held 3 years after the death of James Good Tunny.

JG Tunny & Co exhibited:

- 2 platinotype portraits

- 2 platinotype vitreous enamels

- 2 bromide photographs “Cockenzie Folk” and “The Moon”



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 ©