Arthur Conan Doyle and his father


Talbot Rice Gallery, Tuesday 14th January 2014 at 6pm.

Join Professor Owen Dudley Edwards as he talks about Arthur Conan Doyle, exploring his relationship with his father, Charles Altamont Doyle, and its influence on his writing.

Charles Doyle, as well as being father to Arthur, was a gifted artist with a history of mental ill health, spending a good part of his life in mental institutions. Ironically, it was during his time in these institutions, that Charles created some of his best artwork. He created this work to prove his sanity, sending the drawings to his family as proof of his wrongful confinement. In spite of these efforts, he would remain in an asylum for the rest of his life. On the morning of October 10, 1893 Charles suffered from a severe epileptic fit that proved too powerful for his weakened heart. He was buried in a graveyard in Dumfries, Scotland.

How did this affect the creator of the world’s greatest detective?

Introduced by Professor Ronnie Jack, esteemed academic and long time friend and colleague of Owen Dudley Edwards.

Professor Owen Dudley Edwards is honorary fellow of the School of History, University of Edinburgh. He is the general editor of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes series, and is a recognised expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Professor RDS Jack is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the English Association. He holds a personal chair in Scottish and Medieval literature and is a member of the Royal Edinburgh Patients Council.

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