- Also known as
Hugh Welch Diamond
primary name: Diamond, Hugh Welch
- individual; medical; collector; photographer; British; Male
- Life dates
- Surgeon and specialist in nervous diseases, pioneer photographer (Secretary of the Royal Photographic Society), and antiquarian. P&D purchased his collection of 208 early mezzotints through W&G Smith in 1838 (1838,0420.1 to 208), and engravings by Claude Mellan in 1851 (1851,1213.440 to 664, including a few more mezzotints). Franks acquired some items from his collection of ceramics, and other antiquities associated with him have also entered the collections.
wrote article on 'The earliest specimens of mezzotint engraving', Archaeologia, XXVII 1838, p.405 (offprint in P&D).
Carolyn Bloore, 'HWD, doctor, antiquarian, photographer', Orleans House Gallery 1980
Adrienne Burrows, 'Portraits of the Insane, the case of HWD', New York 1990
A Griffiths (ed), 'Landmarks in Print Collecting' 1996, pp.137-8 and footnotes 37 to 43