We're marking this grand anniversary in a couple of ways this year. One is by focusing on the topic of respect, the other is by celebrating the characters of Arthur Conan Doyle and we've also pulled together some of our favourite portraits of the great man...
A Man of Respect
Arthur Conan Doyle was a man of many talents who led an extraordinary life. As well as being a prolific and highly successful author, he was a physician, an adventurer, a sportsman and a campaigner on a wide range of issues. For most of his life and for many years after his death in 1930, his name and his exploits were known not only in the UK but also around the world.
We're incredibly proud of Arthur, his life achievements and his legacy but one thing that really stands out for us is his respect for the readers of his stories and the deep rooted respect for people he met in daily life.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Great-Nephew, Richard Doyle covers the topic of this respect in the short film we made a couple of years ago which includes some fascinating personal insight into his family and to Arthur himself. It makes for great birthday viewing!
You can view Richard Doyle's film HERE
The Character Collection
We have been working on this special project to meet the 160th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Conan Doyle (22nd May 2019).
Ranging from Captain Sharkey, Brigadier Gerard, Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger to Victorian London, The Scotland Yarders and The Baker Street Irregulars this is an original body of work examining the famous and lesser known cast members of Conan Doyle's repertoire.
Seventeen contributors cover the Anglosphere to present the profiles in many different voices, showing how they have been depicted in illustrations and dramatisations over the years. This work developing each character's artistic life off the printed page helps The Conan Doyle Estate to fulfil our mission to continue to broaden the appeal of Conan Doyle’s works to an increasing demographic and new audiences.
Each character demonstrates core DNA that traces back to the life of Conan Doyle. What better way to start to get to know them and therefore Arthur himself, than by getting into character with those who share similar professions or traits to Arthur Conan Doyle's creations.
Explore The Character Collection HERE
As you would expect The Conan Doyle Estate's family archive is packed full of photography of Arthur Conan Doyle that covers family members, explorations and adventures, letters and correspondence and family owned artefacts. We also have an extensive collection of portrait photography - some of which we've shared here - perfect to mark 160 years since the birth of Arthur.
The Conan Doyle Estate Source.
Published: 22nd May 2019