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Charles Doyle


(1832 - 1893)

Charles Doyle

Charles Altamont Doyle was an illustrator, watercolourist and civil servant. He is remembered today primarily for being the father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.

The image is a self-portrait by Charles Altamont Doyle.


A Study in Scarlet (1888)

Dr. John Watson, invalided home from the second Afghan war, is looking to share lodgings and ends up rooming with world's first consulting detective. In this their first adventure, Holmes solves a double murder.

The image above is from an 1892 edition, illustrated by George Hutchinson. Read online at

This later edition includes an introduction by Dr. Joseph Bell, the model for Holmes. Read online at

Author(s): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrator(s): Charles Doyle

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