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Hugh Welch Diamond (1808-1886)

Artist associated with 4 portraits
From 1848 to 1858 Diamond took photographs documenting the facial expressions of patients suffering from mental disorders at the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum where he was Superintendent of the Female Department. An avid amateur, he made his first photograph just three months after William Henry Fox Talbot introduced his invention of photography in 1839. Diamond held weekly gatherings of artistic friends at his home, which developed into the Photographic Society of London. Diamond was a founding member, Secretary, and editor of the Society's Photographic Journal for ten years. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, he also photographed antiquities and wrote articles on photography for an antiquarian periodical.

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Douglas William Jerrold

by Hugh Welch Diamond
albumen print, circa 1856
NPG P619


Roger Fenton

by Hugh Welch Diamond
photogalvanograph, 1868
NPG P226


Douglas William Jerrold

by United Association of Photography Limited, after Hugh Welch Diamond
wothlytype carte-de-visite, 1865 (circa 1856)
NPG Ax7507


Douglas William Jerrold

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Hugh Welch Diamond
albumen carte-de-visite, (circa 1856)
NPG x197120