Photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle

Photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle

During his time in Portsmouth... he wrote the first two Sherlock Holmes novels.

Photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle standing outside Bush Villas, where Conan Doyle lived and had his doctor’s surgery from 1882 to 1890.

During his time in Portsmouth, as well as working as a doctor, he was active in public life, and wrote the first two Sherlock Holmes novels.

The house was destroyed in the Second World War, but a plaque outside Bush House, which was built on the site in Elm Grove, commemorates Conan Doyle’s presence.

Quick Facts

  • Accession number ACD1/B/1/2/18
  • Date of photograph between 1882-1890
  • Subject of photograph Arthur Conan Doyle


  • Visitors to the exhibition 'A Study in Sherlock' at Portsmouth City Museum will encounter many extraordinary items from the Conan Doyle Collection, including unique photographs, film posters, and letters from the influential and the famous. The exhibition features interactive displays and a narration by the Collection’s patron, Stephen Fry.

Did you know?

This photograph is part of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, bequeathed to the City of Portsmouth by Richard Lancelyn Green, perhaps the leading collector of Conan Doyle memorabilia. The archive research centre for this collection is available at Portsmouth Central Library.

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