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Articles Containing Information about Charles Altamont Doyle


Above: Doyle's painting "The Enchanted Picnic"

Barr, Robert. "Real Conversations -- V. A Dialogue Between Conan Doyle and Robert Barr. Recorded by Mr. Barr. McClure's Magazine, III, no. 6 (November 1894) pp. 503-13. Reprinted in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Interviews and Recollections. Ed. by Harold Orel. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991. pp. 113. Desribes Charles Doyle's art as "most weird and imaginative, being in art something like what Edgar Allan Poe's stories are in fiction."

Barsham, Diana. "Model with Damaged Eyes: Autobiographical Writings." Arthur Conan Doyle and the Meaning of Masculinity. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2000. pp. 10-55. Describes how Charles Doyle's lack of paternal support effected Arthur Conan Doyle's writing and the creation of his literary characters.

Barsham, Diana. "When Did You Last See Your Father? The Early Fiction." Arthur Conan Doyle and the Meaning of Masculinity. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2000. pp. 56-98. Offers a chronological comparison of the creation of Doyle's literary works with Charles Doyle's commitment to lunatic asylums.

"Conan Doyle and the story he kept quiet." Evening News (Edinburgh, Scotland). 6/26/1999 Gives a general overview of Charles' commitment to a lunatic asylum and Arthur Conan Doyle's attempt to keep this a secret.

"Conan Doyle's father pleaded for release from mental asylum." Scotland on Sunday. (Edinburgh, Scotland) 9/10/2000. Gives a general overview of Charles' plight during his years in the mental asylum.

Herst, Herman, Jr. "Sherlock Holmes and the Madeleine Smith Case," Calabash, No. 3 (March 1983), 30-41. illus. Discusses the fact that Charles Doyle drew sketches of the Madeleine Smith trial for a London newspaper.

Kittle, C. Frederick. "There's More to Doyle than Holmes" From a paper presented at a dinner meeting of the Caxton Club. May 15, 1991. A brief introduction to members of the Doyle family other than Arthur Conan Doyle. Available on-line:

Maynard, Julie. "Sherlock Holmes: He Should Have Been in Pictures..." BC vol. 6 no. 3 (May 1989) pp. 4-8. Discusses the illustrations that Charles Altamont Doyle drew of Sherlock Holmes for the novel A Study in Scarlet.

Pla Vivas, Vincente. “Ilustradores del nonsense : una aproximacion a la obra grafica de creadores de la epoca victoriana : Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll y Charles Doyle.” Ars Longa.  1996-1997, v. 7-8 p. 219-234 44. Compares and contrasts the nonsense artwork of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Charles Doyle.

Silvetti, Jorge. “Four public squares: Vier oeffentliche Plaetze.” Progressive Architecture. 1989. v.66, no.1 p.86-89. Discusses the fountain at Holyrood Palace which was designed by Charles Doyle while working at the Scottish Public Office of Works.

Stacy, Greg. "Discovering the Jolly Nightmare: The Lost World of Charles Altamont Doyle." LA Weekly . Nov. 28th - Dec. 4th, 2003. Discusses Michael Baker's The Doyle Diary and offers a biographical sketch of Charles Doyle's life. Available on-line: