Think you know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Can you help tell the story behind this treasured family photograph?
The Conan Doyle Estate are calling on all fans to help identify where and when this photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle and three of his children was taken. The picture comes from the personal collection of Dame Jean Conan Doyle, daughter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and is among three new images that his descendants have chosen to release.
The photograph shows Conan Doyle with a young Jean Conan Doyle (who would later become Dame Jean) and her brothers Adrian and Denis. The family is shown in baseball kit, suggesting that the picture may have been taken on one of their trips to the United States or Canada. Do you know differently?
While Dame Jean annotated other photographs, this picture has been left blank with no other clues as to who took the photograph or where or when. Dame Jean was born in December 1912 and looks about 8 in this photograph. The children look younger than they do in another photograph taken in 1923.
Can you help? We’d love to hear your suggestions about the story behind the picture – leave your best guess and your reasons for coming to your conclusion in the box below.
About the New Conan Doyle Picture Collection
The collection of Conan Doyle family photos was found among photographs that Dame Jean stored and passed down to her father’s descendents. The Conan Doyle family, who own Conan Doyle Estate Ltd, have chosen to release three of these images to celebrate the range of high-quality projects that have come about in recent months, including the release of ‘Dangerous Work’, Conan Doyle’s diary of his time aboard the whaling ship Hope, and several new movie and TV projects.
The collection of photographs also includes another image of Jean as a young girl with her father and brothers near Weymouth, England. The third picture shows Conan Doyle on his own in the Canadian Rockies, with Jean Leckie’s handwriting on the back: “My beloved in the Rockies, 1914”.