SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

... the creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson,

was born on 22nd of May, 1859, as one of ten children.

He died after suffering a severe heart attack on

July 7, 1930.

        

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on May 22nd, 1859

of an Irish family and educated at Stonyhurst and Edinburgh University.

He qualified as a doctor and practised at Southsea in Hampshire from 1882 to 1890.

Forty years of his life, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spent telling the public

the adventures of 'the most perfect reasoning and observing mind the world

has ever known', Sherlock Holmes, but he had other literary aspirations,

and produced a number of historical romances,

and the science adventure stories of Professor Challenger,

and tried - in vain - several times to abandon the detective stories,

but the demand from his readers was so great that he was never able

to escape his own creations - the sharply witty and moody detective,

and his faithful friend Dr. Watson - for long.

The stories themselves have been translated into more than forty languages

and Sherlock Holmes is popular all over the world.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle served as a doctor in South Africa during the Boer War,

and was knighted in 1902, and died in 1930,

but Holmes and Watson are not only ageless, but seem destined to be immortal.

 

Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John of Surrey

NIS JESSEN's

Interpretation of Sherlock Holmes

Oil on canvas